Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts
About The Artist
Cindy Grisdela • Reston, VA
Fiber & Textiles • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Cindy Grisdela creates abstract designs in fabric focusing on color and line. Her work is designed without a pattern, a like jazz music, where each decision about color and shape influences the next. Putting colors together intuitively, she uses fabric the way a painter might use paint to create graphic compositions that engage the viewer from a distance yet invite a closer look. The stitching lines provide contrast and dimension to the piece, integrating the elements into a cohesive whole.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I start with a color idea or shape. Working intuitively, I cut shapes from solid cotton fabric and arrange them on my design wall until the composition pleases me. Then I sew it together and “sandwich” the top with batting and backing. Finally, I stitch motifs with my sewing machine to create texture. Although I use a sewing machine for this step, the process is entirely freehand--there's no marking or computer program ahead of time. I drive the machine and create each stitch one at a time.