Artist Shares How Bad Dreams and a Farmer’s Dream Inspired Her

November 4, 2015

Artist Ann D. Luther has been sewing since she was nine years old. She started quilting in 1994. Art quilts are her true passion. For Ann, they combine color, texture and design together. Her designs are original or reworked traditional. She loves color and her work clearly shows that. Ann’s work will be displayed in November’s “Make Your Mark: Dream” exhibit, opening Friday, Nov. 6 at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.

About Stormy Weather

LutherA_StormyEvery time I would close my eyes all I could envision were storm clouds rolling in to bring yet another round of storms. It felt like a bad dream. No pool time and no outdoor activities – we had to stay huddled under our roofs or umbrellas. I remember the summer of 2015 had relentless rain, breaking all previous records. Stormy Weather captures the dark gray skies that brought all the rain. The raindrops are depicted by the large purple and pink stuffed elements. The elements are attached with beads for some shimmer. They are also highlighted with glass beads that provide reflection like drops that have caught the sun, whenever it showed up. The black to light gray are from two pieces of ombre fabric. I drafted the pattern to provide the radiating spokes with the dark at the top left. The darker fabric was quilted in a soft scallop pattern with two different rayon threads; one is variegated black to light gray and the other is light gray to white. The gray fabric was quilted with a metallic silver thread in a zig-zag type pattern. All the quilting was free motion.

About Green Pastures

LutherA_Stormydtt2Indiana is an agriculture state with vast fields of corn and soy beans. Our economy and food supply depend on these crops. A farmer’s dream is rain in the spring followed by dry weather with lots of heat, the perfect condition for growing. Summer 2015’s rain has wreaked havoc with farm fields and gardens everywhere. Green Pastures pays homage to farmers that work fields from spring to fall. I drafted the pattern (same as Stormy Weather) and used two green ombre fabrics that go from dark to light. The dark green represents how our fields should look. The light green depicts crops that have had too much rain; they lose their rich green and fade to a yellow. The dark blue curly-ques with the beads represent the rain. Additional blue beads were added because I could not help myself. The darker green was quilted in a scallop pattern with variegated rayon thread that goes from bright to light green. The lighter green fabric was quilted in a zig-zag type pattern with a metallic variegated thread that goes from green through orange to pink. All the quilting was free motion.

Ann’s work will be displayed at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery Nov. 6-20. The opening reception will take place Friday, Nov. 6, 5-9 p.m.