2016 SAQA Auction is coming up soon

Piers, 2016 SAQA AuctionDonation by Charlotte Ziebarth

Piers, 2016 SAQA AuctionDonation by Charlotte Ziebarth

The 2016 SAQA fundraising auction starts September 16.  My mini quilt, entitled Piers, can be seen here at the SAQA website. Instructions for how the auction works can be found there as well as all the other quilts. 

This piece came fro one of my ocean photo prints plus some digital coloration. It was inspired by the many pier remains that can be seen along the coasts of California. The colors are so reminiscent of sunsets on the ocean.

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Posted in Art in nature, Recent Work

34th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts



Wow! Look at this.  The invitation and other publicity for this year’s New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts features a detail shot of my quilt, Shifting Sands.  Unfortunately I can’t make it to the opening, but will be sure to get up there shortly after as it is always an inspiring show.  See the quilt in the Recent Work gallery.


Invitation to New Legacies Reception

Invitation to New Legacies Reception

Photo by Ken Sanville, Louisville, CO.

Here is one of the original digital colorations I printed for the silks I used to make Shifting Sands.  I love seeing the different ways I can use these natural lines captured by the camera and colored by me and Photoshop.


One of the Original Digital Prints for Shifting Sands

One of the Original Digital Prints for Shifting Sands


Stay tuned for more!






Posted in Recent Work

Art in The Embassies — Ulaanbaatar

 I am so pleased that one of my quilts was chosen for display in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaatar by US Ambassador Jennifer Galt.   Urban Reflections:  Lake Merritt #2 will be on display for about 2 years in the Ambassador’s offices.

Ambassador Galt chose several pieces from Colorado fiber artists. The entire show can be seen here as well as other Embassy Exhibits. This is a wonderful program and I am pleased to be part of it.



Urban Reflections #2, Lake Merritt 31″X44″ by Charlotte Ziebarth

Posted in Archived work

Painting classes with Jane Davies

I have recently finished a 10 week online course with Jane Davies called 100 Drawings on Cheap Drawing Paper.  I have learned so much and painted soooo much.  Some of these lessons or actual paintings will probably eventually make its way into my art quilt work.  There are so many possibilities, from painting on cloth or over photo or digital images to scanning and printing my paper paintings onto cloth.  In the meantime here are some examples from the class.



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Posted in Painting, Recent Work

EDGE exhibit at Sunderland Gallery

Smoke And Ashes

Smoke And Ashes  by Charlotte Ziebarth


Smoke And Ashes is appearing now at the Sunderland Gallery in Omaha as part of the  EDGE exhibit group.  Here is a link to more information about the exhibit.



Posted in Recent Work

Burnt Water to appear in Art Quilt Elements 2016


I am very pleased to have one of my new quilts appearing in Art Quilt Elements at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The show opens March 18th and runs through April 28, 2016.

This quilt is one of a series where I am exploring a cutting and layering system of arranging the elements of water imagery in a diagonal manner.  The lines and color blends look so much like the fabrics achieved by shibori dyeing techniques. I have taken on the challenge of working in a different, but very dramatic, color scheme (for me); all the photos of water were changed into sharp reds, yellows and blacks. (The blacks print very nice and black on the prepared silks I get from Jacquard.) The finished work has lovely little bits of greeny turquoise accenting the lines.

Although the arrangement is abstracted, the wavy lines of the cuts and the stitching very much are reminiscent of waves and repetitive wave action, kelp, and things floating in the sea. The coloring suggests water reflections at sunset or the terrible images of forest fire or lava flows entering or reflected in water.



Burnt Water


 This was the piece I was working on when a photographer visited my studio, so here you can see me at the pinwall working on it. I arrange at the wall, pinning sections and moving to the pressing table to fuse…..then back to the pinwall to add some more sections. (You will notice my final selection of orientation is upside down from the way I initially worked on it!)


At the Pinwall



cutting the prints



Under construction


The detail views show the raw edge component and the stitching.  All stitching on this one was done after the placement and fusing. A little bit of satin stitch detail was added here and there.


Detail view



another detail



another detail showing the turquoise accents

Posted in Recent Work

What I’m working on


Collage Study 1

I do  many collage studies before I start a new large quilt.  I print the altered photos on good Epson matte paper and cut, layer, and glue.  This gives me freedom to try lots of different things before I commit to digital ink and yards of silk.

Collage Study 1 is most like the 4 quilts I did last year that will be seen in upcoming shows, Art Quilt Elements 2016 and Fiberarts International 2016 and others…..and thus I think it would make a successful quilt.  But I have done a lot of collage studies of digitally recolored water photos which I also like.  So I’m going to explore some other ideas too. I like playing with the stripes, which look so much like shibori techniques.  And I like the different balances of dark and light in these other studies. I also love this color scheme in its variations in all these studies, mostly based on only 1 photo design.



Collage Study 2



Collage Study 3


The last one is influenced by my acrylic on paper collages I’ve been doing under the influence of Jane Davies. I’ve bought several Gelli printing plates and have really enjoyed the results as well as the pulling prints process.  Some of these mono-prints are going to be photographed and end up on quilts I’m sure.

  I’m starting a new online class with Jane next week, 100 Drawings/Paintings on Cheap Paper.  That will take some discipline! We’ll see what kind of influence that has on my quilt work.

Visit again later to find out…….and to see what this year’s quilts turn out to be…..after all these are only studies and much change can happen along the way.


Collage Study 4


Posted in Inspiration photos, Recent Work, Techniques


When people ask me what inspires me I usually say the things I see in nature…lines of trees, shapes of leaves, colors of fall,  ripples in water reflections, the effects of rust, etc.  But that is only part of the story…


Next I get inspired when I start playing around with color in Photoshop..adding a gradient blending layer to a photo or between two photos starts me sighing with the beauty in the resulting paintings…….I have many many such designs on my computer that not yet made their way into larger artworks…….but are inspiring to me nonetheless…. and may get used eventually..

Rust composition
WaterLily 1


…when I print these designs or pieces of digital artwork resulting from my Photoshop play onto paper(good Epson coated Matte paper for rich color) and start cutting and collage work I am inspired by what you can do with these printed bits of pattern and line and color….collage at its finest…

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..stripes are my current obsession…its amazing how a little variation in spacing and width or solidness of a stripe can make a different  statement…..and then repetition creates a different effect again…and again…and again……Working with my striped fabrics themselves becomes inspiration to see what happens if I cut them, space them,  repeat them.
(See my  pinterst board   https://www.pinterest.com/charlotte3740/stripes/ ) …. stripes from many sources—textiles, collage, paintings, and other sources….

Siftinh Sands Detail

..and then once I do print a design on silk it takes on a different life entirely….. A colorful piece is silk fabric that can be used as is or cut up and used like other lovely fabrics to make an entirely different piece of artwork.  ..with all the possibilities of fabric and letting and stitching…..the physical dimensionality of cloth and thread….

…..So the textiles themselves inspire me too–especially as I work on them.

Posted in Art in nature, Inspiration photos

Reflection/Ripples Installed at Valencia campus of UNM



In early November I finally saw one of my digital quilts installed as part of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program. It had been 10 months since I was first notified of the purchase. Reflection/Ripples was one of my first quilts with water reflection imagery….and one of my best in my opinion.


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Reflection/Ripples 2008 Valencia campus of the University of New Mexico


 Here are a couple of detail views and some installation views.  The grass reflections are emphasized with gold and blue metallic threads as well as rayon threads.



Reflection/Ripples detail




Reflection/Ripples detail



Identifying plaque



Reflection/Ripples with its plexi cover


Installers from Untitled Art Services

Installers from Untitled Art Services


Additionally here is one of the original photos as well as the photoshop manipulated designs that I used to print on the silk.  The photos were all taken of grasses and weeds reflected in a small stream where we regularly walk.  I liked they way the actual plants blended with the reflections so that you can barely tell which is which except for the lovely wavy ripply lines.

I used one of my usual techniques of overlaying the photo with a color gradation layer using the difference blending mode.  I used several different whole photos repeated with cut sections of other prints separating them. I like how the final result is both abstract and yet retains the reality of grass and water.

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Original photo by Charlotte Ziebarth



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First digital alteration of original photo by Charlotte Ziebarth


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Digitally altered photo by Charlotte Ziebarth


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Second colorway of digitally altered photo by Charlotte Ziebarth





Posted in Archived work, Art in nature, Techniques

Digital Alchemy to open at Quilt Festival in Houston



Jane Dunnewold has put together an exhibit which will open at the Quilt Festival in Houston at the end of the month.  She selected a number of quilts which show the wide variety of artistic uses of digital tools in the art quilt medium.


Smoke and Ashes: Ruins Series #1

Smoke and Ashes: Ruins Series #1

There is an interview with her here on the Spoonflower website. It features a number of the quilts(including mine) and her thoughts about digital quilts.  

Although I don’t use their printing services I know it is an easier way to go for many artists.  And I’m glad to see them encouraging artists in the general art quilt field.

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