Artist Liberty Worth presents a collection of handmade quilts from her dynamic Noisy Flowers series. See more by visiting her website.
As an artist there’s one thing in the world I love to do more than to make art, and that is to travel. It is when I travel that I find myself collecting—memories, experiences, colors, sights and histories. I’ve traveled to many countries, but I even love to travel in my hometown of Los Angeles. I collect from the beauty I find in the combination of nature and urban grit I find in my city.
My collections revive themselves in the form of memories and inspiration once I get back to the studio. I can spend months or even years interpreting them into visual formats.
Though a number of different mediums and formats comprise my art style, I have found there is always that aspect of memory that takes a forefront in nearly every piece I make. It’s one reason why I so love working with textiles—whether they are discarded samples from the interior design industry, culturally rich textiles I have collected in my travels, hand dyed pieces or disassembled clothing. I believe strongly that textiles carry stories with them, and I do my best to let those stories shine in my work.
I use both traditional and non-traditional quilting techniques. My sewing machine, needle and thread have surpassed all other artistic mediums to become my favorite artistic tools.
Sometimes I make quilts for customers using the clothing of a loved one. Most of my work these days is a series of textile based paintings that are created with the freedom and whimsy of a process that is both improvisational and steeped in tradition. My art quilts are both planned and spontaneous at the same time.
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This style is most recognizable in my series Noisy Flowers, which are mounted wall quilts in many different sizes. In this series I take ordinary fabrics and make them bloom into vibrant vortexes that draw my viewers into a contemplative, healing space.
Art is healing—both for the maker and the viewer—and I love to invite people into this process through my work. Sometimes the work is subtle in its message; a blooming shape that reminds us of growth and healing when the world may feel stuck and stagnant.
Sometimes the messages are more overt; using textiles with memories or cultures intrinsically attached to them which may coax the viewer to be drawn deeper into contemplation.
Color is a big part of my work. I favor bold color compositions, whether it’s black/white or playing with the combination of shades of a color to see if I can pull a piece in a new direction by shifting colors in values and volume.
Viewers will find my work to be a playful exploration of color in its various forms. I always ask myself, “What happens if I put this color here?” Even as my process is exploratory and free, it is also based in my background as a designer.
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