Artist Spotlight: Janet Bergeron, Fabric and Fiber Artist

You are involved in the Studio Art Quilt Association.  Tell us about this group.

Nebula - New Work
Nebula – New Work

“I am the Iowa Representative of the Studio Art Quilt janet profile picAssociation  (SAQA), an international group of fiber artists who promote Fiber Art by education, gallery exhibitions, and conferences.  The most exciting thing they do is curate traveling exhibitions and actively promote our work to galleries. We have quite a few members in Iowa and the Midwest.  I am also a member of the American Quilters Society (AQS).”

How did you get started in fabric and fiber artwork?IMG_3306

“Textiles have defined my world since the age of 8.   From work clothing to costume design, dyeing and construction to quilting to hand and art quilting to three dimensional works, my “happy place” has always been the sewing room.  I have practiced these skills as a student as well as working at Living History Farms, freelance costuming, competitive costuming, and dance wear.”

 Where have you exhibited?

Catching the Breeze, Iowa State Fair, and national Calendar
“Catching the Breeze” –  Iowa State Fair, and AQS National Calendar

“My representational works and abstract work  have been exhibited in several major and smaller art shows, such as American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Houston, AQS Des Moines, Iowa State Fair Fine Arts, traveling Studio Art Quilt shows , Fairfield Iowa, Marion Iowa, Grinnell, and currently at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.  I’ve had some pieces printed in quilt related magazines as well as national calendars.”

Hot - New Work
Hot – New Work
The Hercules facebook
The Hercules
Pilot alone in the air
Pilot Alone in the Air

What type of work do you like to create, and how do you maintain your skills?

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“I really enjoy pushing the medium and love to make bowls, jewelry, clothing, and quilts with unusual topics.  I also create custom quilts of buildings based on photographs.   I have taken numerous art and drawing classes, as well as Shibori classes, fabric painting classes, dyeing classes, etc.  I am continuously exploring and learning new things from classes to participating in exhibits and interacting with other artists such as other SAQA and AQS members.”

Come see Janet’s art at Artisan Gallery 218 – 218 5th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa!

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