Valerie S. Goodwin began designing and making quilts in 1998. Her interest began as part of her involvement in teaching architectural design classes at Florida A& M University’s School of Architecture. Her students investigate parallels between architecture and quilting as an introduction to ideas about composition, ordering systems, color and pattern.
Her work as an artist uses architectural elements such as built form, city grid, mapping and composition as a source of inspiration. These pieces are part of a continuing investigation of ideas that focus on geometrical relationships, patterns and ordering principles found in architecture. Her work conveys these ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation.
She is an Architect and college Professor educated at Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis. Students were asked to investigate parallels between architecture and quilting. They studied issues related to composition, ordering systems, color and pattern. As a result, she felt compelled to gain actual experience with this medium. To her surprise, she found the design and making of quilts as engaging as the design and study of architecture.