Heather Pregger and Wendy Hook
Both artists look to interpret natural elements of the world around them through bold color, undulating lines and shapes that can found in their fiber artworks. Hook and Pregger work in an abstract manner, experimenting with elements of design and principles, constructing geometric and free form compositions. The artists’ work is pieced, and machine quilted, using both hand dyed and commercial fabrics. Individual blocks are arranged and layered, the design develops intuitively with the changing interplay of colors and shapes.
"Color and pattern appear everywhere in our world. My compositions focus on one or a few of these patterns, enlarging them, shrinking them, distorting, exaggerating or repeating them.
I use commercial fabrics, fabrics that I hand dye and fabric from re-purposed used clothing to build these designs. Machine quilting the surface adds another element of design and pattern."
Wendy Hook has been quilting for 25 years and studied with Nancy Crow, Terry Jarrard Dimond, Jan Myers Newbury, Carol Soderlund, and David Hornung.
"I was a geology major in college and I spent many happy hours in the mineralogy lab, poring over microscopic thin sections of rocks and minerals. The colors, the shapes and the ﬂow of colors over the face of the slides was incredibly exciting. As part of the course requirements, we sketched the thin sections we examined. Armed with a small sketchbook and a large box of colored pencils, I spent day after day drawing and coloring these slides. My abstract quilts still reference those drawings. I work in an abstract manner, experimenting with color, line, and shape in constructing geometric and free form compositions. My work is pieced and machine quilted, using both handdyed and commercial fabrics. Individual blocks are arranged and layered, the design developing with the changing interplay of colors and shapes. The emerging color/shape combinations constantly suggesting new directions to pursue. "
Heather Pregger is a Fort Worth-based artist who has exhibited her art quilts in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Oulu Museum of Art (Oulu, Finland), the Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI), Visions Art Museum (San Diego, CA), the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (Auburn, NY), the Carnegie Art Center (New Albany, IN), the Fort Worth Community Art Center (Fort Worth, TX), the National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY), the Wayne Art Center (Wayne, PA) and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (Lancaster, OH). She received the Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Award from the Studio Art Quilt Associates in 2014.