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About Vanessa

Artist Bio


Both art and sewing have been part of my life since I was young.  While studying engineering in college, I continued to make art and took art courses, where I was first introduced to quilts as art. After a finishing Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, I decided to pursue art more seriously.  For three years, I worked as an artist full time.  Since December 2006, I have been working as a full time research technician and a part time artist. 


Although I have worked in a variety of media, including pencil, oils, pastels, and fabric, I am currently focusing on making art quilts.  I see art quilting as painting with fabrics and threads. I like working in quilts because of their touchable texture and their familiarity as functional objects.   The quilts I make can be either hung as art works or used like traditional quilts.  Many of my quilts are based on the beauty I see in natural objects or scenes.   I am continually experimenting with new techniques and materials to produce different effects.




Glendale Quilt Show

March 28-30, 2008

Burbank, CA

Gallery at the End of the World - Art Opening Weekend
October 4-7, 2007
Altadena, CA

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
November 18&19, 24-26, December 2&3, 9&10, 2006
Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Beach, CA

Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 2-4, 2006
Point State Park, Pittsburgh PA
Emerging Artist Scholarship

Art Quilts X:  Xhilarating, Joy in the Making:
November 4, 2005 - January 8, 2006
Chandler Center for the Arts, Cahndler AZ

In Full Bloom II special exhibition at the International Quilt Festival :
October 23-30 2005, Houston TX
April 7-9 2006 Chicago IL

2005 Small Art Quilt Works:
July 22-Sept 4, 2005
Main Street Gallery, Groton NY
Honorable Mention - Magnolia

National Quilters Association Quilt Show :
June 16-18, 2005, Columbus OH

Three Rivers Quilt Festival :
April 15-17, 2005. Pittsburgh PA.
Second place in Pieced Bed Quilts – Tree