Martine House / Martine House - Fabric ArtI use embroidery, quilting, beading and various mixed-media techniques to achieve unique textures on my often-three dimensional pieces....
Pattiy Torno @ CURVE studios & garden
Handquilting as meditation facilitates my craft. My fabric collecting feeds my obsessions with color and pattern that emerge in the form of my quilts.
I began sewing in 1965. In my family, learning to sew was no surprise. In 1974, my last year in high school, I decided to become a fashion designer, as it was the only career I could think of, that would allow me to earn a living having something to do with what I love the most... sewing. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two years and Parson’s School of Design for two years. I apprenticed in the Fashion Industry while I was in school in New York and then started my first company in 1980. I have worked for myself ever since.
In 1983, I was looking for a way to get back to the simple joy of playing with fabric. Quilting seemed like the perfect vehicle, so, I began. I am self taught, as this is the one type of sewing that did not get passed from grandmother to mother to daughter. In 1995, I began to think of quilting as “what I do “. I began showing my quilts nationally. Currently, I show my quilt work at The Signature Shop in Atlanta, GA, Peidmont Craftsmen, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC and the Shops of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Gatlinburg, TN and Blowing Rock, NC. For me, 2004 was a remarkable year. Eleven & two days after Hurricanes Francis & Ivan, respectively, put flood water in my studio, I was accepted into the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with a perfect score. Feeling very honored, I asked if a perfect score was common. I was told that it had happened 5 or 6 times in the past 30 years.
It is now 2012. I reside and maintain my studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Please feel free to visit me @ Curve Studios, #6 Riverside Drive, from 11am to 4pm every day. Inside the studio you will find quilts as well as my production work that includes a line of eclectic knit clothing, fun fleece hats, scarves & blankets as well as my new body of work, photopiecings... think quilts but made from photographs. Look for the big yellow "Curve Studios" sign across the street from 12 Bones Smokehouse. Call ahead for directions or to make sure I am here @ 828-388-3526.
For more info about Asheville's River Arts District please visit www.ashevilleRAD.com