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Ellen November Fiber Artist

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Ellen November Fiber Artist giving a talk at the Zask Gallery on her work

Ellen November Fiber Artist of San Luis Obispo, California, giving a talk at the Zask Gallery on her work.



Art quilting combines all my creative passions. With my first sewing machine at age 10, I made traditional patchwork quilts throughout my life. Trained as an illustrator at Art Center College of Design, I worked in graphic arts most of my career. I then turned to photography. I was taking many shots of my own locale: the coastal area of Palos Verdes. And at that time I also decided that I wanted to make an art quilt depicting the map of my area. I decided to print out some photos of the area onto fabric and incorporate them into the work. Combining embroidery with machine stitching, I finished the work and was accepted into a local art show.

I was inspired by my mentor, Art Quilter Valerie Goodwin with whom I then studied at Art Quilt Tahoe in 2013. Her guidance spring boarded me into my recently completed series of cartographic art quilts based on pages from the Rand McNally Thomas Guide.

Again, drawing from my own locale, I chose the coastal areas of Los Angeles County as my inspiration, from Malibu to Long Beach.

My work is made from men’s shirts picked up at thrift stores, my ever-growing stash, and my photos printed on fabric.

A trip to the Getty Villa in Malibu was the first step in creating a piece of the same name. Here I use an aerial view of the villa while accentuating one of the many types columns. This element began as my photo of the column, posterized in PhotoShop Elements, then printed on fabric and machine stitching completing the image.

I am working on a grander scale, creating sections of Los Angeles that are significant, combining their past and present significance. I am looking to gain commissions for work to be displayed at medical or corporate facilities.

Working in cartographic art quilts supplies an endless source of stimulation. I feel lucky and grateful to have found this rich area alive with inspiration.

My series of quilted whimsical fish (see the gallery on my website) is on permanent display at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Organizations I belong to:

International Quilt Study Center, Women’s Caucus for Art, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilts on the Wall


My available work is listed in my Etsy Shop:

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