Design: Skyscape Quilts
Materials: hand-dyed cotton, cotton thread and quilt batting
Designer: Kim Eichler-Messmer
Location: Kansas City, KS
Price Point: These quilts are crib/lap size and they are $300. I can also make them in twin ($600), queen/double ($800) or king ($1000).
"I create heirloom quality quilts that are soft and durable enough to be used on a bed but beautiful enough to be hung on the wall. My Skyscape quilts are inspired by the sky in the Midwest, especially right before or after a thunderstorm."
"I love to see strange color combinations and am constantly amazed and delighted by what Mother Nature has to offer. My own photographs of the sky act as starting points for the color use and proportion in each quilt. Each quilt top is pieced from at least 19 different hand-dyed fabrics using my own custom dye recipes. I use only the highest quality materials including glue and resin free cotton batting, and mercerized cotton quilting thread."
My studio is in a big brick building in downtown Kansas City, KS called The Kansan. It used to be a newspaper building, but was renovated to be offices and studios. The studios are in the basement, what used to be the press room. Currently there are eight artists renting studios and we open them up to the public for an Art Walk every second Friday of the month.
This is my print table. I use it for many things including laying out quilt tops, pinning quilt layers together, screen-printing fabric, and ironing. I do have a sewing machine in my studio, but do most of my piecing and quilting at home where it is much cleaner.
This is where I set up my dye baths. There are communal sinks in another room and I bring water back to my studio for the dye process. One of the great things about my studio is that there is a ton of natural light from huge windows. It also has concrete floors which clean up easily when I make messes (and I make a lot of messes).
I am a total nerd for Josef Albers. His body of work is inspiring in its beauty, passion, and breadth. His approach seemed to be about searching, exploring, staying true and honest, and learning from what is real, what is around us. That is something I strive for in my own work — to not be pretentious or something I'm not, but to make honest work. I love that he believed practice (and lots of it) always comes before theory. Or, like I always say, you have to make a lot of bad work before you can make good work.
It's hard to choose one favorite design. In general I really like bold colors, attention to fine detail, clean lines, and things that will keep me warm (I'm always cold). Examples: Hawaiian Quilts, Amish Quilts, Fiesta Teapots.
- 3 finalist entries will be posted on Monday, 9/27 (no voting yet)
- 3 more finalist entries will be posted on Tuesday, 9/28 (no voting yet)
- VOTING BEGINS on Wednesday, 9/29 at 11:30 am EST with an announcement
- VOTING CLOSES on Friday, 10/1 at 5:00 pm EST
- Two winners will be chosen: 1 judge favorite and 1 crowd favorite
- WINNERS ANNOUNCED on Friday