Featured Artist – Meta Heemskerk

Meta Heemskerk lives in the Netherlands with her husband Thijs, her 18-year-old son, Mathijs, a golden retriever and two beagles. She joined the group late November 2011.

Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m 54 years old. I have been making fiber art for nearly three years now. We were at our summerhouse (sounds very posh, but it’s tiny). I always needed to create things, no matter what, and I had wanted to try to make one of those quilts I’d often admired. I had no idea how to do this. I found a little quilt shop nearby and as soon as I went in there, I was hooked. All those lovely fat quarters, folded up, sitting in little baskets, sorted by colour. The owner of the shop explained to me, in short, how patchwork and quilting was done, and I went home with some fabric, quilting supplies and a simple pattern for a traditional wall hanging. I started out very bravely, but didn’t get any further than making three patchwork cushions (never even managed to stick to the pattern for the wall hanging!). After the cushions, I tried a wall hanging without using a pattern, just making it up as I went along.

When I got home after our vacation, I made several more pieces this way. Then, browsing the Internet, I came upon the website for Quilting Arts magazine and discovered that what I did was called ‘art quilting.’ I uploaded some of my work onto the members’ gallery and got some nice feed back. And then it went from there. I’ve learned a lot and know many techniques now. I’m still learning, though, there’s so much to be learned! It was quite a surprise to me that I could make something, which could be called ‘art.’ I spend most of my time creating which, I think, you can tell by the many pieces I’ve made in a relatively short time. You can see most of this work on my website, Green in the Middle.

It has taken me a while, but I’ve come so far now that I call myself an artist. I’ve sold a number of pieces of work and started an online gallery, Galleribba, of small work for international artists.

I prefer painting and printing my own fabrics. I do so by layering colour on to white fabric in order to achieve depth.  I dye, print, stamp, discharge etc.  Besides art quilting I enjoy using other ways of expression.  I like working on paper, needle felting, embroidery, encaustic, and many more things.

Why did you join Postmark’d Art?

I joined Postmark’d Art because Debbie Geistweidt, who is a friend I ‘met’ on the quiltart listserv, a great online community. She asked me whether it would be something for me. We both joined at the same time.

When did you start making postcards?

I’d never made a fiber postcard before, but I very much liked the idea. I’ve made cards for two rounds so far and I love it! I was surprised by all the wonderful pieces of art I received. They are like little presents!

How do you display your postcards?

I store them in a little basket, which is on my coffee table, so visitors can have a look through them. I’ve framed two of them and they’re on my ‘art wall.’  I’ll replace them from time to time with some of my other cards or that I’ll be receiving. I cannot hang them all, or there won’t be any wall left!

What have been some of your favorite themes?

It’s a little difficult to chose favourite themes as I’ve only made cards for a few. I loved van Gogh and No Theme, as I can make anything I like.

Tell me about your other interests.

Art is my biggest passion. Most of my time I dedicate to making art and trying to improve myself by learning new skills, taking courses and workshops. I’m interested in art history and spend quite some time on the Internet. There’s so much information to be found there. Occasionally I do some editing and translation work.

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