This is Bekir, a Turkish farmer photographed by a friend 50 years ago. My first portrait quilt.
Starting to sew at a four, I learned from my mother and great grandmother. I made most of my clothes by junior high, and later owned a dressmaking business. My "Raggedy Anne Jackets" became popular in Europe in the American military communities, but Art Quilting has been the passion of my life. To turn a scene into fabric, dyeing, creating textures, and images from sweet to powerful ones in cloth feeds my soul.
Cloth: not just cotton, as the eco -dyed in this image, but silks, satin, polyester, then plastic, wire, mesh, paper, anything that can be applied to cloth with stitches, glue, or printed with paint or ink jet. Do not think "bed" but walls, ceiling hung, placed on a table in three dimensions.