Fusing Fun with Laura Wasilowski
When it comes to art quilts, the five ‘f’s of fusing, fabric, fun, friends and family are paramount for Laura Wasilowski, textile artist, author, teacher, and creator of hand-dyed fabrics and threads.
“I combine vivid fabrics and whimsical stories to make pictorial art quilts. My colourful, hand-dyed fabrics inspire me, as do stories of my family, friends, and home. These pieces often chronicle my life. Each wall piece I make is of my own design, of fused appliqué, and machine quilted,” says Laura.
The whimsical nature of her work is reflected in her methods and the CSOF – the Chicago School of Fusing, where Laura is ‘Dean of Corrections’. This fun, non-existent institute even has a free downloadable diploma!
There are many tips and tricks to using fusible webbing in art quilts and Laura knows and shares many of them. But is the creativeness of freeform , freehand cutting that gives fusing the freedom she is after in her art quilts.
“Creating with fused fabric allows my work to be joyful, organic, and more inventive. It is the most direct route from a design idea in my head to the
realization of that idea in fabric.
“The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It’s the best job in the world!”
Laura owns Artfabrik and is coming to Australia in April 2016 to teach at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. There are still spots available in her one-day classes on the weekend, so if you’ve never made a fusible art quilt, this is the
perfect opportunity to learn with a master. Or, you can savour her quilts on display at the AQC Quilt Show and enjoy