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.