Background in Quilting

I have a lifetime background in art and design, yet I came to quilting as an art form just a few years ago. Before quilting, my main medium was ceramics, and I feel my quiltmaking style has grown out of my ceramics work in terms of building a surface with color, pattern, and texture. I also love to use commercial fabrics, and I enjoy the hunt to find the groups of colors I want for a particular piece.

I have also been influenced by my ceramics background with a whole series of quilts I’ve made that use a triaxial color blending arrangement (And Then There’s Red, Twiga III) that is based on a glaze-blending chart. One of my other favorite sources of inspiration is astronomy—Night Quilting is based on a star classification chart and has toured with International Quilt Association Special Exhibits. In both cases I enjoy taking something very structured and giving it a bit of a visual twist: a viewer doesn’t need to know ceramics or astronomy to enjoy my quilts’ visual impact.

Several of my quilts have won awards in Tucson, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio. My work has also been shown in Paducah, Kentucky, Houston, Cincinnati, Denver, California, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden Colorado, and the Museum of the American Quilt Society.

My formal art training includes a BFA in sculpture from the University of Arizona plus a BFA in Art Education, and an Earth Science teaching endorsement. As an active art quilter I’ve taken workshops with Carol Taylor, Katie Pasquini-Masopust and others. In 2007-08 I was Program Co-Chairman for the Tucson Quilters Guild where I worked with our monthly incoming speakers and I worked to schedule the eight speakers for the 2009-10 year.


Karen G. Fisher
10242 N. Isabelle Cruz Place
Tucson, AZ  85742


e-mail: karen@ this Web site