The extraordinary art quilts of Porter fiber artist Ellen Anne Eddy will fill the Chesterton Art Center in March. Eddy is an internationally known fiber artist whose wall art goes beyond the traditional concept of quilting. Using nature and the animals in it as her themes- fish, frogs, bugs and birds along with lush flowers are often the subjects of her work. Eddy hand dyes her fabrics and threads, then designs and creates her art quilts using freeform machine embroidery, cut-away applique, and layered sheers to create the illusion of flames, water, and mist in her work.
Eddy’s passion for fabric, writing and teaching have come full circle as a result of her art. She currently teaches classes at her Thread Magic Studio in Porter, and also travels the country instructing at workshops and quilt guilds. Ellen also created Thread Magic Studio Press, her own publication company, and has published 6 books. Her first book, Thread Magic- The Enchanted World of Ellen Anne Eddy, is a classic text on free motion and fiber art. Eddy’s latest book, The Town of Torper and the Very Vulgar Day Lily will be unveiled at the Opening Reception on Sunday, March 6. Other titles include Tigrey Leads the Parade, Dragonfly Sky, Ladybug’s Garden, Quick and Easy Machine Binding Techniques, and the Dye Day Workbook .
She has also written for numerous fiber arts publications, including Quilting Arts, American Quilter, and Quilter’s Newsletter, Threads and Fiber Arts. In June of 2010 her quilt entitled Dancing in the Light was acquired by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. The Opening Reception for the show will be held on Sunday, March 6 from 2 pm until 4 pm at the Chesterton Art Center, located at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton. Come and meet this extraordinary artist and escape into her magical world of nature and fabric. As always, there is no charge to attend the Opening Reception, or any exhibit at the Art Center. For more information, call the Chesterton Art Center at 926-4711. Visit Ellen Anne Eddy’s website at www.ellenanneeddy.com