Indigenous © Valerie Rodelli

Indigenous © Valerie Rodelli



Artist Statement: I create art to express myself. It is a way to translate what I am thinking or feeling. My inspiration comes from many things, including my travel experiences and photography. Fiber is my medium of choice, whether it is cloth, paper, or plant material. I have a toolbox of many techniques and my art pieces spring from a combination of these techniques. After I have my idea formulated, or at least an inspiration, I draw on different ways to express that idea. It is the process of accomplishing my idea that is the challenge for me. With it comes the opportunity to exercise design principles and make a pleasing piece for the viewer. The texture and organic design of bark pictures have always fascinated me.

I have also recently been intrigued by abstract art. So, both concepts have been merged into this piece. Sometimes there is a real connection to the substance of the piece. Other times it is purely an experiment in exploring a creative idea. It evolves during the process, driven by the ability to accomplish the theme explored in the piece.

Size: 42″ x 33″

Materials: Cotton and many kinds of polyester fabrics….velvet, brocade, stretchy lace, metallic, and several other types. Fusible stabilizer was used on all fabrics. Cotton thread, in solids and variegated tones, was used for quilting.

Techniques: Original design abstracted from an old photo of tree bark. Fabric was stabilized and templates were made from the cartoon of the design. Each piece was fused onto a large background fabric. Border fabric was a batik which was manipulated to make a textured fabric to resemble tree bark. The entire piece was free-motion quilted with cotton thread in various neutral tones. This added even more texture with the quilting designs used. The piece was finished with a facing technique instead of a traditional quilt binding.


Indigenous (detail) © Valerie Rodelli

Indigenous (detail) © Valerie Rodelli