Cheryl Alderman, of Uncommon Woman Quilt Art in Fairview, has been quilting since 1985. She has attended numerous quilting workshops, but has had little formal training in art. A brush with breast cancer five years ago helped focus her attention on expression through creativity. A love of textiles, fiber and color, plus the freedom of free-motion quilting has opened a door to work and play and study and struggle and lots of fun.
Alderman works in a free form fashion, without patterns or firm plans. Inspiration can come from a particular fabric, found object or other observation. She works almost exclusively with batiks, favoring the characteristic tight weave, colors and patterns. Texture and embellishment are becoming ever more important elements in her work.
This is her first exhibition. Over 35 pieces are included in this exhibit.
Alderman is the Associate Director of NC State Engineering Programs at UNCA. She holds a BA-Geology, Mt. Holyoke College, an M.S.-Geology, UMass-Amherst, and a Master of Engineering degree with concentration in Industrial Engineering, NC State. She is a member of the Asheville Quilt Guild, the Fiber Arts Alliance and the Western NC Daylily Club, and is a resident of Fairview. People also know her as the “Daylily lady” for her annual sale to benefit WNC Child Abuse prevention Services. The name, Uncommon Woman Quilt Art, is drawn from the play set at Mt. Holyoke, Uncommon Women and Others, by the late Wendy Wasserstein, another Mt Holyoke alum.
Exhibit on display in Blowers Gallery March 1 - 31, 2006.
Opening reception March 14, 6-8pm.
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