Margaret Linderman is a fabulous fiber artist. She specializes in collage-style, quilted, clothing and quilts, made with spectacular ethnic fabrics. Her Frida Chair is one of the most wonderful chair quilts I have seen.
Margaret is a devotee of Frida Kahlo and she has a whole room in her home that is inspired by the late Mexican artist. I have delighted in seeing the quilts, curtains, Day of the Dead altera fiber art pieces, and now the chair, that go into this wonderful room.
Margaret is a master of the raw edge appliqué and her cut out flowers and collage style is one of my most important influences. I know that the Love and Thorns Loveseat, Chica Chair and Barb Wire Betsy would have never been created if it weren’t for Margaret’s inspired work.
One of the amazing things to note is that Margaret and her talented daughter, Janis Stob, teach at Wooden Gate Quilts several days a week and anyone can go to the drop-in classes that they teach and be in a wonderful, creative environment. I cannot emphasize how much inspiration a positive teaching situation can be for quilters of every level!
I was lucky to have Margaret attend my first ever Dream Chair Quilt class when she started this piece. She had this amazing cloudy sky fabric, which called out to be a background for a chair! A large-scale flower chair back and two different border sides added to the magic and mystery of this quilt.
The Frida Chair has a large appliqué of Frida surrounded by flowers. She floats in the sunset, serene and fierce!
A little bird perches on the headrest, keeping an eye on the amazing lady.
Seated on the chair is a little swaddled baby, and Margaret calls him Baby Diego after Frida’s husband Diego Rivera. The fabrics on the front of the cushion and in the thick, textural piping are woven fabrics from Guatemala. The central flower on the back of the chair’s seat is embellished with tiny yellow beads and a large jewel in the center that is representative of Diego’s all-seeing third eye from a Frida Kahlo painting.
Each little touch, including the smiling skull feet, fills me with such delight.
Margaret’s has been working very hard and her amazing wearable art will be featured in the Benicia Carquinez Straits Quilt Guild show on April 30 and May 1, 2011. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
Read about it here and see the schedule of Margaret’s demonstrations!
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