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Liz Berg Fiber Arts

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Liz Berg - Castro Valley, California. USA

Liz Berg – Castro Valley, California. USA

 

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Liz Berg was raised in a Naval officer’s family and, as a consequence, traveled and lived throughout the United States and Japan. Four years spent in Japan profoundly affected her. After attending Trinity University, where her work resides in their permanent art collection, Liz transferred to the University of California at Berkeley. With the reality that she had to have a supporting career, Liz completed her degree in Social Welfare and spent twenty-nine years working with the Alameda County Probation Department. Upon retiring in October, 1999, she began her new career in art full time, having continued working in various mediums through the intervening years.

In 1971 Liz started making quilts. However, she began diverging from traditional quilts to explore color and composition in more abstract works. She now considers herself a fiber artist rather than a quiltmaker, although many pieces still fit the original definition of “quilt”, i.e., a top, a middle and a backing all held together with stitching. Using a sewing machine as her pen, Liz has completed “watercolor wash” landscapes. She paints and dyes fabrics, both to sell and to use in her own work, and is exploring all the variations of working on and with fiber.

Working out of a studio in her home she shares with her husband, she is producing a large body of work which is varied in its color and design ideas. Her work celebrates line, movement and color. Liz works intuitively in the format of abstract expressionism with nature as her inspiration.

She has taken numerous awards at local and national venues. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and Japan, and in the permanent collections at the Honolulu Academy of Art and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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