SHEILA FRAMPTON-COOPER | Grand Rapids 2017 Instructor
When award-winning artist Sheila Frampton Cooper creates, she revels in the spontaneous. Her freeform process with its surprising twists and turns takes her bold work to a place of unfiltered, unapologetic originality. Sheila’s strong-willed, artistic temperament began at an early age; she has been creating art since her earliest memories. When Sheila was a single, working mom, using painting as a creative outlet in the evenings, she had a life-changing moment. Disappointed with her work, she dipped the brush in paint and started throwing it around in a frenzy. Something magical happened: a whole scene flowed out on the canvas. That moment profoundly changed her.
After years of oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, jewelry making, and architectural photography, Sheila’s passionate leap to studio art quilts in 2010 came as a surprise. She found excitement in improvisational piecing, painting with thickened dyes, and various aspects of surface design. Whether it’s a butterfly on her windowsill, a bird in her garden, or the colors of a tropical fish, Sheila finds inspiration in the natural world as well as in a bustling metropolis. Often a featured artist, she has won awards at international quilt shows, curated and participated in major exhibits, been featured in a variety of quilting and fiber art publications, and appeared on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. In the fall of 2016, her solo exhibit was shown at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Find out more about Sheila at www.zoombaby.com.
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