Rebecca Fricke is a self-taught quilter who took up needle and thread nine years ago. She is inspired by both traditional and art quilting and she is especially impressed by the colors and designs of the Gee's Bend quilters of Alabama. Rebecca moved to Amherst eight years ago and taught at Fort River Elementary School for one year before deciding to be at home with her children. She is an active volunteer for the Amherst public schools, League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Amherst Education Foundation and a member of the Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild. Last May she opened a quilt studio and became the sole proprietor of Bedscape Designs—through the business she offers custom quilting, quilting tutorials and gifts.
Description of Work:
Rebecca's wall hangings, table runners and quilts are one-of-a-kind creations. Her work is based on bold abstract designs, with carefully placed appliqué. Rebecca creates irregular patterns, edges and stitching. Every so often she will embellish her wall hangings with beads. Most of the material she uses is cotton and some of it is recycled from old clothes and bedding. Rebecca's quilt designs are based on the natural world—landscapes, flowers, trees and water. The quilts are giant canvases, the layers of cloth are large brush strokes and the fine detail is in the stitching. Rebecca pieces and appliqués with a Singer machine and quilts using a long arm HQ free motion machine.
The Northampton Arts Council has a brand new website!: www.northamptonartscouncil.org
The Northampton Arts Council will be hosting a community
meeting to discuss the upcoming ArtsEZ grant cycle on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 6pm to 8pm at APE at Window, 126 Main Street, Northampton.
At this event, we will showcase the exciting work of three outstanding past grant recipients; Angela Zammarelli, Stephen St. Francis Decky, and Peter Blanchette. In addition to presenting the ArtsEZ grant process, Gordie Thorne and Lisa Thompson of APE at Window will speak about the Round House and Artist Trust developments, Julia Handschuh of Commonwealth Center for Change will present the new Valley Art Share website and we'll have an open discussion about arts in Northampton.
Guidelines and applications for the ArtsEZ grant round are available at our website: www.northamptonartscouncil.org