Collage of Quilts
Fiber Optix formerly “Contemporary Concepts” An Artists' Group
Fiber Optix Member: Julie Drake
Barb Nepom
Barb Kanaya
Cher Cartwright
Ellin Larimer
Janet Kurjan
Janet Steadman
Julie Drake
Liz Axford
Lorraine Edmond
Louise Harris
Melisse Laing
Nancy Cordry
Pat Hedwall
Sandy Altenberg
Sharon Robinson
Teri Bever

Julie's Artist Statement

Once when I was asked why I am not a painter, I answered, "Because I don't know how to paint. I know how to sew." But I remain fascinated by hard-edge colorist painting and non-objective abstract art. Which is to say I love color, line and shape—they need not represent anything! Abstract paintings and sculptures capture my attention and move me emotionally. My intent as an artist is to create exquisite quilts that will somehow move the viewer.

I've been quilting since the late 1990's, but in 2013 I began to make art quilts. I dye my cottons to create my palette, much like a painter mixes colors. Then I cut my fabric intuitively, in big strokes without patterns or rulers. I piece & quilt by machine. I have studied extensively with artists Nancy Crow (quilting) and Carol Soderlund (dyeing.)

After over 32 years in Alaska, my husband and I sold our bookstore and moved to Fidalgo Island in late 2016, to become full-time artists and writers.

Julie's Notable Achievements

Julie received the Alaska's Emerging Artist award in 2015, and her work has been shown in galleries, museums, and juried art shows in Alaska and the Lower 48 states. One of her quilts is currently travelling the USA as part of the highly regarded Circular Abstractions exhibition.


Jolie Laide
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