Using improvisational patchwork and reclaimed textiles, Sarah Atlee creates mindful, joyful quilts that are at home on both art gallery walls and your cozy couch.
I am at a critical juncture in my art practice. For twenty years I built a career on painting, exploring a variety of abstract and realist techniques. Having come to a place in painting where the medium no longer surprised me, I have shifted my focus to fiber art, quilting in particular. I now dedicate my full-time studio practice to exploring the art of quilting.
Working with found, reclaimed, and donated fabrics is crucial to my practice. I source materials from what is around me – discarded clothing or other textiles, local thrift store finds, even antique market bargains. My experience using donated fabrics has taught me that even the unlikeliest materials can work together, if you’re willing to be surprised. In this way I can keep fabric out of the landfill while breaking down barriers around traditional expectations of quilting and fine art. By practicing an ancient art born of necessity, I connect with our shared past while reflecting on self-sufficiency in consumer culture.
After 20 years as a professional painter, Sarah Atlee pivoted to focus on quilting as her primary art form. Atlee is known for her colorful and geometric compositions, rich with energy and free-form texture. Using improvisational patchwork and reclaimed textiles, Atlee creates mindful, joyful quilts that are at home on both art gallery walls and your cozy couch. Visitors are always welcome at sarahatlee.com.