Cindy Grisdela

Fiber Artist

I'm a fiber artist specializing in abstract contemporary quilts for the wall. I’m intrigued by color and the way colors interact. Color is such an exciting part of life--the red of a ripe strawberry, the blue of a summer sky, the gold of fall leaves--all enhance our experience of the world. I like to use fabric the way a painter might use paint to create a mood, develop a contrast, or explore an idea.  

My recent work employs improvisational techniques where the design evolves organically as the process unfolds. Because there's no pattern to follow, seeing the interplay of color and design is integral to my creative process. Fiber art is exciting because it offers a tactile quality beyond color and line. Once the top design is pieced, I add dimension to my work by quilting the layers together with whimsical, free motion quilting—a process similar to drawing with a needle and thread.

I have a BA in art history from William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.  Quiltmaking was my creative outlet for years as I pursued a career in financial journalism. My work has been shown in regional shows in the Washington, DC area, as well as nationally in venues from New York to California. I am represented by Chasen Galleries in Richmond, VA and locally my work is on display at the Artisans shop in McLean, VA.

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