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Artist's Statement

Madi at workMy artistic journey is ever evolving and growing. I studied fine arts in college and was particularly interested in the interplay of color and texture in my work. As a high school art educator and arts administrator in the New York City public schools, I taught and supervised painting, drawing and a myriad of arts subjects from video production, crafts, and fashion design to quilting. I wound up falling in love with many of the art subjects that I taught. Eventually, quilting emerged as the one that I chose to pursue seriously, and I have never looked back. Through quilting I have made lifelong friends; I have been challenged by the endless options presented by this medium; and I find that my work changes and goes in new directions with each new piece that I create. Making quilts has given me the ability to touch people’s lives in a unique way that brings joy, warmth and comfort to them.

As an avid quilter for over 30 years, I have embraced the multifaceted world of quilting. I have read countless books on traditional quilting and its rich history. I have valued the quilt groups to which I have belonged through the years. Many happy hours have been spent sharing ideas, supporting each other’s goals and dreams, and engaging in group projects, workshops, exhibitions and community outreach.

My current quilt works have taken a new direction. I based my first quilts on interpreting traditional patterns. I now employ a free-form technique that gives me the ability to create landscapes and abstracts that are highly textural and intense in color. I also create wall quilts that focus on design elements using geometric forms. In all my works, color and texture and a sense of whimsy are present. I love spending hours in my studio getting lost in the creative process. I have shown my work in galleries and museums and have written two books on quilt-related subjects. I also enjoy presenting workshops on a variety of quilting techniques. My husband Steve and I have three wonderful sons and currently reside in a Victorian house in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York.


SAQA 2005-2006 Traveling Trunk Show Exhibitions
European Crazy Quilt Festival, France 2006
World Quilt Show, Michigan and New Hampshire 2006
New Jersey Quilt Fest, Somerset NJ 2006
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show, Hampton, VA 2006
Fiber Design Forum, Lockport, NY2005
Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Rochester, NY 2005
Schweinfurth Museum, Auburn, NY 2005
Pacific Quilt Show, Santa Clara, CA 2005
Tompkins County Quilters Guild, Ithaca NY, 2005

Selected List of Exhibitions
The National Quilting Association Annual Quilt Show 2006
Audubon Center, Prospect Park 2006
Rockaway Artists Alliance Juried Quilt Exhibition 2006
Lefferts Historic House Museum 2005
City Quilter Shop Quilt Challenge Exhibitions 2001-2006
Sew Materialistic Quilt Shop Challenge Exhibition 2005
Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery
Metropolitan Museum of Art Book Store Gallery

Selected List of Publications - Works Have Appeared In
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine
1,001 Decorating Ideas
Smithsonian Magazine
Family Circle Magazine
Quilts and Country Crafts Magazine
Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts Magazine

Published Books
One Stitch Stitchery, Sterling Publications
Quilt Pattern Gift Labels, Dover Publications

Works Have Appeared In
Quilting Together by Paula Nadelstern and LynNell Hancock
Pictorial Quilting by Nina Holland
Prospect Park Web-Site

NYC Visual Arts Guide, New York City Department of Education
Yarn, Traditional and Designer Crafts, Raintree Publications
The Brooklyn Bee, Monthly Newsletter of the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn
Meet the Quilter Monthly Column

Works in Collections
Museum of American Folk Art
IBM Corporate Offices
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Kingsborough Community College
Private Collections

Memberships and Affiliations
National Art Education Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Studio Art Quilt Associates
The National Quilting Association, Inc.
Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn
Quilters of the Night Kitchen

Professional Activities and Associations
Executive Board, School Art League
Member of delegation to study arts programs in China
Presenter at National Art Education Association Conferences
Workshop Presenter at Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild Retreat
Workshop Presenter at Museum of American Folk Art
Volunteer Docent at Museum of the City of New York
Judge at Annual NYC History Day Competition
Workshop Presenter at the Brooklyn Museum Community Gallery

Profile page last revised on May 6, 2006