Featured Artist- Dian Stanley

Dian Stanley is a charter member of Postmark’d Art. She lives in Overland Park (a suburb of Kansas City), Kansas with her husband and a year old puppy. She has sewn most of her life.

Tell me a little about yourself. 

We moved to Kansas City from a Chicago suburb about 20 years ago.  I have been sewing most of my life starting with Barbie Doll clothes.  I love fiber of all kinds.  I am also a weaver with a floor loom in my living room so I have a yarn stash as well as a fabric stash.  My quilting is strictly of the art quilt variety.  I don’t enjoy the exactness or the handwork of traditional quilting although I find myself something of a perfectionist.  I do take advantage of all the new technology including machine embroidery and computer manipulation of images.

Why did you join Postmark’d Art? When did you start making postcards?

I saw an article on postcards in Quilting Arts Magazine.  At the end of the article, it said if you wanted to join send an email.  I did and before I knew it I had a message from Franki Kohler.  I joined for the first trade.  I thought postcards were the coolest things I had ever seen.  I had never made a postcard until that very first round.

How do you display your postcards?

I’m sorry to say I don’t display my cards.  I store them in boxes.  I teach an occasional class in postcards so they are ready to go on a moments notice.

What have you been some of your favorite themes?

I am always in favor of the “No Theme” groups.  I’m a last-minute kind of person and that really helps me.  I can expand on something I’m doing at the time or do something that has been spinning in my head for the months since the start of the trade.  However,  I enjoyed “Home” (I did the yellow brick road to my house with a Google Earth map) and the nature themes. I actually went on to create larger art quits from “Angel,” “Bird Song” and “Shoes.”

Tell me about your other interests.

I am a weaver although it has taken a back seat to my sewing lately.  I work part time for Indygo Junction, an independent pattern company, designing patterns and making samples.  I am a member of Eclectics Gallery in Kansas City where I show a variety of my work.  I am a charter member of Fractured Fabrics Society, an art quilt group.  We usually have 1-2 shows per year in the Kansas City area.  Machine embroidery is really habit forming for me.  I have more designs than I could stitch in many life times.  It’s kind of like a stash.  My other stash is beads–all shapes and sizes, but my favorites are size 11 seed beads that I use in bead embroidery.

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