Anyway, lets talk about the award winning quilt. When we entered the show we were told no cameras. I was disappointed but agreed to the restriction until I came across an award winning quilt. I then went back to the front desk and begged. They said I could take a picture but not post it till I had the permission of the artist. They even gave me the contact information. I contacted the artist, Ayn Hanna, as soon as I got home and she not only gave me permission but agreed to an interview for the Fire Blog.
Here is what she said about herself in reply to my original email. I had told her that I was a printmaker in addition to being a fiber artist.
I am a printmaker as well (earned my MFA at Colorado State University) and didn’t start working in textiles until several years after grad school. I’m now working to bring my printmaker aesthetic to the textile medium and I view the breakdown screen-printing process as a most perfect blend of drawing, painting and printing. I love it much as I love other printmaking processes - because the marks achievable in this process are not achievable any other way, and I enjoy working within mediums that are not 100% controllable by the artist.
First her quilt and then the interview.