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An Art Quilt Phenomenon: Dottie Moore of Rock Hill, SC posted: 7/12/2004
by Bonnie Ouellette Printable Page
Category: Art Method: All Series: In the Studio
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Fire - 48 x 48

Dottie Moore has been working with textiles for 23 of her 63 years, however, only quite recently began to call her work art quilts. A Georgia native, Dottie began working with fibers when she and her husband built a log cabin on 114 acres in Greeneville, TN in 1975. A four-room tenant house served as her studio where she made weavings with her own vegetable-dyed yarn from walnut hulls, sumac, coreopsis, marigold and onion skins. From this small studio, Dottie began to recognize her love of nature’s beauty and incorporate natural materials from her surroundings into her crafts. Before long, she was running a one-woman craft business with customers all over the Southeast. When a friend asked for help in decorating a store window Dottie quickly stitched up her first banner-like quilt for display and soon orders for more started to roll in.

The Mystery - 53 x 54 The Mystery - 24 x 24

These first small quilts were part of the landscape around her studio. Many portrayed images of wild flowers and trees. Because Dottie had had no formal art training, she was not constricted by artistic rules and her work shows that freedom of design and expression. It was not until 1980 that she made her first art quilt and by 1987 was quilting full time. Dottie’s images in her art quilts are not only multi-layered in construction, but also visually and in their message.

Dottie’s process is quite complex, as she begins with white fabric, which is painted, appliquéd and embellished with many surface design techniques to obtain her very complex works. Today’s art quilter has moved away from most of the traditional quilting methods, however, it is still a very labor-intensive craft and reflects personal symbolism to express reality.

The Messenger - 47 x 45
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In 1995, with the aid of a 6-foot wall map of the world, Dottie began to travel. Her first trip to Bali was a spiritual and creative turning point. From that first trip came the inspiration for “Piecing a Quilt Of Life”, the documentation of the creative process among senior women. In 1996, Dottie departed from Rock Hill, SC in the family mini-van and headed for a 2-month stay in the Southwest to lecture, interview and explore. With 38 interviews on tape, Dottie returned home to document her experiences. The themes that arose from those interviews: diversity, healing, trust, courage, forgiveness, freedom and reverence enfolded Dottie in the fabric of these women’s lives. So far the project has yielded a book (on CD) with photographs of the interviewed women, six exhibits of the creative works of senior women, a national conference on women and creativity, a public television show, a newsletter and website www.creativetraces.com/index.htm. Recently, a 7 month-long exhibit of art quilts made by 23 senior women from five continents concluded at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, SC.

Dottie fills her life with sharing her experiences and creative process through lectures and workshops. Her lectures include: “Piecing a Quilt of Life”, “The Food is in the Refrigerator” and “Balancing the Opposites: Chaos and Creativity”. The following workshops are also offered: “Intuitive Designs” (1 day), Paper and Fabric Quilts for Non-Quilters” (1day), “The Language of Landscapes” (2-5 day), “The Creative Source: Honoring the Imagination” (2-5 day) and “Innovative Stitching” (2-5 day).


To contact Dottie:
Dottie Moore
1134 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29732
803.327.5088
email - dottie@dottiemoore.com
www.dottiemoore.com
www.creativetraces.com


©2004 Bonnie Ouellette
“On The Road” Reporter

www.theQuilterCommunity.com

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