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Ann Harwell Art

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My work is to communicate ideas, express feelings and tell stories. I especially want to unite and enhance diverse fabric designs and colors with intricate piecing and exorbitant quilting. I start with an original rough drawing, draft a straight-line design, and then transfer the design to pattern material. Each piece of cotton fabric (hand-dyes, batiks, commercial cottons) is selected, individually precision cut, and sewn together with my 1945 Singer Featherweight machine. My work is constructed as fine garments, with great attention to detail: seams are strong and straight, corners are sharp and points are precise. After the pieced top is constructed, I layer the top, cotton batting and a whole cloth cotton backing. Finally, I add a surface design with a straight stitch sewing machine, free hand through all the layers and adding hand-made bias binding. In order to display the finished piece, I hand apply a sleeve for the aluminum bar made especially for the piece.

 

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I am a self-taught artist. I have been sewing as long as I can remember. In the twelve years that I have been a professional artist, I have received a North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship, a United Arts Regional Artist Grant, and a Shannon-Ross Scholarship. My work has been juried into over thirty shows both nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards including a Gold Award in Tokyo and the NICHE Award in Philadelphia.
My work has been in Folk Art Magazine, Our State Magazine, Southern Living, American Craft, National Geographic Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, American Quilter’s Magazine, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Pieceworks Magazine, Pinnacle Living, Genetics in Medicine, American Psychologist, American Style, the Raleigh News & Observer, Spectator Magazine, 100 Southern Artists, Fiberarts Book Six and Seven, The Best in Contemporary Quilts, Kaleidoscope-New Quilts from Old Favorites, The Big Book of Quilting, Batik for Artists and Quilters, Lark Books 500 Quilts, Women in Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier and Grade 4, book5 North Carolina Crafts.

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