Growing up on a farm in the Midwest I was surrounded by the quilts of my grandmother. Clearly they were her statement of worth and being. When I was born she made a postage stamp quilt for me which I slept under for year always finding new fabrics and designs that she had added. Although I loved sewing but I never felt that I could make a quilt.
Indeed by training, I became a lawyer and had my own company that wrote arguments for other lawyers. I realized that I frustrated the other attorneys because I had to cut and paste the documents on my living room floor. Eventually I discovered quilt making and soon thereafter moved from Boston to western Massachusetts and decided to teach myself to become a quilt maker.
I promised myself that I would only give up the law if I made quilts that felt true and sincere and that continued to challenge me. For the last thirty years I have been supporting myself as a quiltmaker. I do a number of fine craft shows--mainly up and down the East Coast--as well as accept commissions and work with galleries and designers. In addition my studio is open to the public in the charming village of Shelburne Falls. I am also active on various social media including my blog, Facebook and Twitter.
I make contemporary art quilts that use color, fabric and the traditions of quiltmaking to create abstract landscapes of the prairies of the Midwest where I grew up, the hills of western Massachusetts where I now live and vistas of my imagination. Each quilt represents a different moment in time and space.
Frequently I am exploring the concept of horizons--that place of the potential where the sky and the earth seem to meet. I am constantly pushing the designs of my quilts while maintaining a distinctive style and a simple technique.
My work is in various museums and public and private collections including the American Museum of Art + Design, the People's Place Quilt Museum and the new Federal District Court House in Springfield, MA. I also have work in The Lodge at Turning Stone in Verona, NY and Surdna Foundation in New York, NY. I have received an Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council at the Baltimore Fine Craft Show.
In addition to the larger works, I also create a series of smaller pieces including eyeglass cases, placemats, table runners and purses.
Many of my quilts and smaller items are shown on my web site. http://www.annbrauer.com
I also sell my quilts at select fine craft shows and galleries across the country.
Custom orders are welcome and I do work with designers and architects. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.