Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meet Lenore Crawford-Artist Extraordinaire

Port of Cassis

Lenore has been working on art since childhood working in many different mediums such as pen and ink. Around 1996 she saw some watercolor quilting books and decided to try that technique using fabric to paint a picture using 2” squares. She has loved the texture and warmth that fabric gives, unlike other traditional mediums.

Using the 2” squares allowed Lenore to create scenes which hadn’t really done before. She had used pen and ink to create portraits in pointillism. So now she could use the squares to create gardens and architecture. This was very new and exciting. For nearly 12 years Lenore used this style to create impressionistic scenes letting the fabric lead her in design.

House Through Arch 2006

After some time Lenore learned about fusing and developed her own simple technique. This led her away from the constraints of only using the squares. At this time she took an oil painting class and loved the almost photo-realistic style of painting. Lenore began using her photos as inspiration and re-creating them in fabric along with using fabric paints to add the fine detail and shading that makes them look very realistic, a sort of impressionistic realism.

Some of her best photos were taken on her many trips to France. As teenager Lenore travelled to Europe while her father was working as an interior designer of offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and area. She made many friends and still goes to visit them and travels to France while continuing to be inspired by the architecture and landscapes.

Sunset Over Lac Leman

Lenore has been teaching her 2” square technique for many years as well as her fusing/fabric painting technique and saw the need for a line of patterns now totaling 18 different designs. She has also been teaching multi-day workshops where students can create designs from their own photos. Lenore’s latest development has been CD-ROMs that contained her 2” square impressionistic technique and her fusing technique. These are like a book in Adobe Acrobat and offer the student all of the advantages of an instructional book but at a much lower cost. Her CDs are:

“Impressionistic Fabric Blending”

“Blended Fabric Collage Technique”

“Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create Your Own Realistic Art Quilt”

These CDs are available from her webstore:

See more of Lenore's inspiring work here:

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