PAM BEAL | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor Playing the French horn was Pam Beal’s initial path to art. The ability to develop original pieces and improvise on tradition is a freedom that arose with needle art. Pam learned to be adventurous through art quilts; abstract design excites her imagination. Using needle and thread to piece cloth and hold layers of fiber together has been practiced through the ages, and she is proud to contribute to the preservation of an ancient skill. She finds pleasure in quilting by hand using an old-fashioned floor frame. The hand quilting develops design and texture on the surface of the work and directly reveals the hand of the artist in the art.
Pam has exhibited hand quilted art quilts since 2009, and she has received several awards for her work. Her quilts have been published in two of Gwen Marston’s books, Liberated Medallion Quilts (2012) and Minimal Quiltmaking (2014). Inspiration for Pam’s quilts comes from music, nature, study, life experiences, and concerns. Her workshops promote each student’s independence and discovery in a comfortable atmosphere for adventurous beginning-to-advanced quilters. See her quilts and learn more at http://pambealartquilts.blogspot.com.