Astrid Hilger Bennett - Iowa City, Iowa
"I'm happiest with a brush in my hand, and art quilts allow me a large- scale, exuberant canvas. Although visually abstract, my work constantly mines the daily life experiences of family, society and the natural world, with a hefty dose of music to guide the hand."
"The imagery I use in my art quilts falls into several categories. Painterly quilts are abstract, expressionistic arrangements of color. Botanical imagery is derived from nature but not in a strict, illustrative approach. I tend to abstract natural imagery into lyrical compositions. The last category I often explore is pattern on pattern; often this has a more geometric arrangement."
"I make a point of using only my own dyed fabrics in my art quilts. Occasionally, a piece of suitable, commercially printed fabric makes its way into the arrangement of backing fabrics, and the backing is often artistically interesting. I usually start out with white cotton broadcloth fabric. I employ Procion mx fiber reactive dyes for various techniques: hand painting, monoprinting, screen printing, batik or immersion dyeing. The fabrics are assembled and machine quilted; batting is 100% needle-punched cotton. Most of my works are fairly large in scale. Sometimes I'll work in modular form to achieve an even larger scale."
Bennett also creates Iowa-themed tea towels and napkin sets, located in the TEXTILE & HANDBAGS section of our Easy Order Store.
Bennett received her BFA in printmaking from Indiana University and has exhibited and taught at various locations throughout the country. Her work has been included in Quilt National, Quilt Nihon (Japan), Quilt=Art=Quilts, Artquilt Elements, Form Not Function: Artquilts at the Carneghie, CRAFT USA and other venues. She is a member of the Surface Design Association, the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the American Crafts Council. She is a resident of Iowa City, Iowa and was the long-time manager, now marketing director, of the Iowa Artisans Gallery.
For more information on Astrid Hilger Bennett, including what we currently have in the Gallery, please email or call us at 319.351.8686.