I am a fiber artist living outside of Boston. My basement/studio reveals a magpie approach to collection -- ribbons, rusted trash, lace, paper of all kinds, and fabric, fabric, fabric!!! I was lucky enough to grow up with an art teacher-Mom, so while I am not formally trained, I don't consider myself quite self-taught either. Once I got over being a lawyer, the business of combining color and pattern -- sometimes for the sheer fun of it, sometimes in search of meaning -- became my central occupation.
Paper was my first love, and collage is my basic approach. Since making my first quilt in 1989, I have learned a lot about sewing and quiltmaking. Much of what I have devised over the years has been to work with an unintended result, which makes me, I suppose, an 'improv quilter'. The improv approach allows me to design-as-I-go, as well as to combine quilting techniques. I give myself more latitude than ever now in how I attach pieces of fabric to each other and to a background -- combining techniques and fabric weights and colors is kind of my thing. Even though there is a wonderful trend in fiber art circles toward hand-dyed fabrics, I remain a fan of commercially printed fabrics - partly because they can start to tell a little story even before I know what it is. For several years now I have also on occasion transferred photos of collages onto fabric (like the doll's body, right).
I have been blogging since the tail end of 2008 and became a certified SoulCollage trainer a few years back, a process that is fascinating, fun, and well-suited to my basic approach.
If you would like to read a little more about me, visit the "ABOUT" page on my blog -- Dee Mallon and Cloth Company.
My online ETSY store, ClothCompany, from time-to-time features felt brooches, archival prints of quilts and collages, dolls, seasonal items, and quilts. There are quilts for sale on the Sale Page here, too.
I love to hear from folks, so feel free to email me -