I’ve been looking for other modern quilt bloggers in North Carolina, so I was happy to discover Lyric Kinard, an artist whose work includes quilted and multi-media objects as well as more traditional art. I thought you’d like to know a little about her, so here are her answers to a few questions:
Are you a quilter…
When people ask me what I do I say I’m an artist and… often create things that have the structure of a quilt.. I am definitely a quilter. But I also play with other media so that term doesn’t cover it all. People have a set picture in their minds when they hear the word “quilter” that does not match what I do.
What’s your most encouraging phrase to keep yourself going?
Here are a few favorites: No Fear, Just Do It, Just Keep Swimming.
Inspiration for your designs?
I am inspired often by the materials I use. Aren’t we quilters because we love to touch fabric? Everyone that sees textile artworks has an immediate connection with cloth – we are wrapped in cloth from the day we are born… You know everyone wants to pet the quilt but rarely do people reach out and touch a painting. My abstracts and often improvisational art spring from a small collection of cloth and embellishments that I take with me on a trip or to whatever practice or lesson my kids are at.
Share a recent work with us?
I just finished a piece for the Exquisite Moment show curated by Leslie Tucker Jennison and Jamie Fingal that will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall. It’s a continuation of a series about my love for music titled “Bach Suite I: Gigue”
Lyric teaches a variety of techniques, and has a fun-sounding retreat coming up this fall in Blowing Rock, NC. Go to the “learn” section of her website and look at the “Once In A Blue Moon Retreat”. While you’re there, look at all the other things she’s teaching, too.