Ellen Smith makes beautifully designed fiber collages from hand-dyed and commercial fabrics. Her designs are available year-round at Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery. They range in size from hand quilted gift cards and bookmarks to wall art. Her latest work will be featured at Boulder Arts and Crafts from March 23 – May 1, 2016.
When Smith was just out of college, her neighbor, Katherine, had a quilt frame set up in her living room. A very powerful memory, this was her first introduction to the world of quilting. 25 years later she attended her first class and has been hooked since. Those first quilts were traditional bed-sized patterns. She soon realized that her own designs, smaller with a variety of imaginative patterns and design, were a way to explore and develop compositions of fabric and color.
Ellen Smith takes here creative inspiration from the view from her deck, the sweeping landscapes in Colorado, from travel, and nature. Ellen, an avid hiker, has wandered the forests and plains on several continents. The photographs and memories of these hikes end up in her quilt designs. The inspirational landscapes she encounters fuse into her fiber art, imbuing it with color, design and composition.