Urban Artifacts Fabric Collection with Leslie Tucker Jenison
Hi, I am Leslie Tucker Jenison and my new fabric line Urban Artifacts is a collection that is based upon my work as a surface design artist and quilt maker.
For many years I have told stories through my work by first dyeing and printing on cloth (and paper!) and incorporating these into my quilts. I make quilts that are meant to hang on the wall as well as quilts that are artfully useful. The name embraces my design inspirations: I use a wide variety of rather unconventional tools to create my prints.
Some of these seem a little nutty (bottle lids, anyone?) but the truth is that I am fascinated by the question, “what if?” when I work in my studio. These little “aha moments” drive my enthusiasm. The palette of this collection is inspired by my original dyed and printed pieces of cloth and then translated into several color stories. What I love about it is that these beauties play nicely together as a whole or when combined with solids. When I create cloth imagery I’m after a sense of depth and pattern. I love playing with layers and scale. I hope others will enjoy it, too.
I’m constantly experimenting with design and dye processes and my study of design and color is never-ending. I love the quilted surface because I consider it “2.5-dimensional” art.
My studio practice includes painting, drawing, and photography and these things inform my work. Inspiration for my surface design and my quilts is everywhere: from a chance encounter with a bee in my garden to a far-flung travel experience.
Repetition, both natural and man-made, is a constant visual feast. I cannot imagine being bored because I spend my time looking, drawing, photographing, and thinking about my experiences and it is fun to see how they find their way into my work! I chose the hashtag bee (symbol) authentic because, at the end of the day, that is all any of us can do. I do not take a single day for granted. My motto is “this is NOT a dress rehearsal”. I hope a bit of that message has embedded itself into my fabric!
Check out my interview with The Quilt Show from Fall Quilt Market!
Please include in the blog post this link to Leslie’s interview with The Quilt Show at Fall Quilt Market
Urban Artifacts in now available in stores everywhere!!!!
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