Stunning for the intricacy
At first glance, Tallahassee-based artist Valerie Goodwin’s quilts are stunning for the intricacy of their lines which create complex shapes and designs. Closer inspection slowly reveals these patterns are city blocks and urban landscapes captured from an aerial perspective. Drawing inspiration from architectural maps, plans, and blueprints, Goodwin’s combined love for architecture and art is evident through the detail and care in her works.
As a student of and fellow instructor, I can say that Valerie is an exceptional teacher. She weaves the art and craft of architecture, map making and your personal messages into fabric art quilts in her class. The sequencing of design and planning, exercise (Haiku!) and techniques leads each student to the creation of a fabric art quilt unique to a real or imagined place. Many techniques are taught and used to make multimedia art quilts. I treasure the one I made.
I highly recommend this class and Valerie and cannot wait to take it again.
Level Above Others
Valerie's "Mapping Personal Places" is a fun and inspiring workshop. She provided helpful videos and previewed our ideas prior to the class. Her technological skills with graphics, apps, videos, and mapping websites puts her on-line workshops on a level above other instructors. Although I hope someday to meet Valerie in person, this format allowed everyone to see, hear, and absorb her instruction in a front row seat!