A textile artist since 1981, Pat Pauly uses personal imagery and freeform surface design in her fiber work, a process she describes as "painting with fabric." The work is bold, graphic, and often suggestive of natural forms and patterns. Using commercial and artist-designed textiles as the medium, these works are intricately assembled to obtain the finished work.
Studying in the RIT Masters level program in the early 1980s, Pat took principles of graphic design as a jumping-off point for her two-dimensional fiber work. Her study of letterforms, layout, and other aspects of typography influenced her later contemporary quilted forms.
Pat's work has been shown in highly selective juried exhibitions such as Quilt National, Focus Fiber, Quilts = Art = Quilts, Creative Force, and Art Quilts Lowell. She has curated many shows of contemporary fiber art, notably "Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists" and "The Exquisite Corpse: Contemporary Art Quilts".
Pat is a frequent lecturer and teacher, often contrasting her abstract work with influences from textiles both past and present. Her presentations and workshops on contemporary art quilts carry the same qualities as her work - energized, engaging, inspiring. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and also curates and designs exhibitions of contemporary and historic textiles. She maintains a studio near Rochester, New York. For more information, visit www.PatPauly.com.