Io the Alien
About The Artist
Sarah Spencer • Chicago, IL
Fiber and Textiles - Homegoods • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I'm an artist, broadcaster, and art-educator based in Chicago. I create intuitively-designed art quilts characterized by an abstract, illustrative style and bold use of color. My primary interest is translating abstract concepts (personalities, memories, songs) into visual compositions. As a radio DJ, many of my pieces are inspired by contemporary music. My work has been described as "fabric graffiti", which suits me just fine.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
It all begins with my color palette. I choose colors intuitively, based on what feels good to me in the moment, and then I just start cutting! I make almost all of my work without a plan, by creating interesting fabric components, and then responding and adding to the work until I'm satisfied with the design. After the quilt top has been completed, I layer it with batting, and use a technique called free-motion quilting to create stitched motifs. It's sort of like sketching on the fabric with stitches, which allows the hand of the maker to shine in my designs. Finally, my quilts are bound and finished by hand, and prepared for hanging via a sleeve in the back.