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Artist Sarah Symes appears to have bridged the gap between quilting and abstract painting in these stunning textile compositions.

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Inspired by the people and places that she encounters, Symes uses textiles to express her internal experience of the world.

Each piece begins as a sketched idea. I select quality fabrics and carefully pre-wash and hand dye them as needed. The fabric is then cut into shapes and stitched together using a sewing machine. It’s an improvised process, like painting or collage, enabling the gradual build up of color and texture. The finished piece is stretched over a wooden frame and completed with a hanging wire.

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It’s great to see fabric and thread used in a way that’s so expressive!

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