“Montana Reflections: Nature in Cloth” – Heidi Zielinski – The Purple Pomegranate

The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Stevensville artist, Heidi Zielinski during the month of July. Heidi is a prolific fiber artist creating mostly non-representational art utilizing various surface design techniques and incorporating extensive stitching and sometimes beading as an integral part of the artwork. After dabbling in quilting for a few years, Heidi Zielinski began seriously creating fiber art in 2007 when her son started school and she chose to stay home and pursue art as a business. Heidi shows and sells her art in galleries and has participated in many juried national quilt and fiber shows, winning numerous awards both locally and at the national level.

Art quilt by Heidi Zielinski

From Winter We Emerge by Heidi Zielinski

Heidi speaks about her work, “I am an artist using cloth and thread to create art quilts that hang on the wall like paintings. The color and texture of cloth inspires my work initially but the creation of the work is highly influenced by forest, garden and the beauty of the natural world. My work is mostly non-representational, but I frequently incorporate recognizable elements (i.e. leaves, trees, flowers) that create a bridge for the eye and mind that eases the struggle of interpreting an entirely abstract piece. Using many surface design techniques to enhance the texture and create interest keeps my work fresh and unique. Incorporating unusual materials such as paint, beads/stones, sheer fabrics, leather, and found objects adds excitement to the process as well as the product. I’ve created my own fabric imagery using stamping, stenciling, color removal, dyeing, painting, and batik processes. This makes the work more wholly my creation and an even greater reflection of my respect for the natural world that I attempt to channel through my art.”

Art quilt by Heidi Zielinski

Detail of From Winter We Emerge by Heidi Zielinski

Meet Heidi during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 from 6-9 PM. Heidi’s work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of July.