Sunday, January 11, 2015

Beth Berman
Fiber and Mixed Media Artist

From the minute we are born until the day we die, we are wrapped in fabric. We have an intimate relationship with fiber. It is our comfort, our protection and in it we present ourselves to the world.

I was always interested in art but was discouraged from pursuing it as a major in college because my parents told me, “You can’t support yourself with art”. I minored in art and learned how to use many medium for self-expression like pottery, acrylics, pen and ink, jewelry making, photography and sculpture.

I sewed clothing throughout my life and in the 80’s my friend told me she had made a quilt in a day. I bought the book and started making traditional quilts. In 2005, I took two classes at my state’s guild conference from Pamela Allen and experienced an artistic epiphany. I have been an avid art quilter and surface designer since then.

What drives me creatively is color and texture. I love fibers for their textural sense: soft, course, thick, open weaved. I love color for the way it elicits such strong feelings in me and I find the excitement of unexpected outcomes, the serendipity of creation, in surface design. I get inspiration from the coast of Maine and daily contact with the world around me. I enjoy "making" art and teaching workshops in surface design. I have had my work shown in the New England Quilt Museum, juried and regional shows and have pieces in private collections. I live in Searsport, Maine.