Astrid Hilger Bennett
Iowa City, IA
Happiest with a brush in my hand, the fabric allows me a large-scale, exuberant canvas. I approach my work as a musician and painter, rather than a storyteller. Currently, I create art quilts and mixed media wall art, utilizing only my own painted and printed fabrics. Each starts life as white cotton, altered with fiber reactive dyes. I also often apply mixed media collage techniques, incorporating drawing and stitching.
I was trained as a printmaker and have worked with textiles since 1975, creating award-winning pieces exhibited internationally. From new or upcycled fabrics, I also create functional items suitable for the kitchen or shared experiences centered on food.