Thursday, March 17, 2011

NORTH-5 Comes from Ohio State Capital

Catherine of MoranArtandQuilts lives in Columbus, Ohio, the 4th largest city in the American Midwest. That is where block NORTH-5 originates for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt Project.

The city is named after the famous explorer.

In 2009 BusinessWeek magazine named Columbus the best place in America to raise a family and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium was ranked #1 by USA Travel Guide. In 2008 Forbes magazine had named the city as the #1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation. As you can imagine, many businesses headquarter there, including the world's largest private research & development foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Columbus contains many institutions of higher-learning, led by Ohio State University, where you'll find the largest university campus in the US. Every August, Columbus hosts the rest of the state at the Ohio State Fair & Expo.

You'll also find many spectacular parks and green spaces in Columbus. One of the more interesting is at Old Deaf School Park where Columbus artist James Mason turned topiaries into art. Shown is his conception conceived from George Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon On the Island of La Grand Jolle." Click the link to the park for more wonderful photos.

Catherine is an artist in many mediums. Art has been a passion of Catherine's ever since she won her first award in the 4th grade for a painting of "Charlotte's Web." She paints with watercolors, draws with colored pencils and quilts. After purchasing an art quilt in 2004 from a gallery, Catherine was inspired to learn to quilt. She admits to often having several projects in different mediums going at the same time. (Sound familiar to anyone?)

Most of Catherine's quilts are designed as they progress. Catherine loves creating one of a kind pieces and lets the design change as the ideas flow based on the work's progress. Catherine also admits to love playing with fabric and making beautiful things from fabric.

Catherine's work has been exhibited in many shows over the years, many through a local art league she is involved with. Catherine has made over 100 portraits of customer's homes and pets and still accepts those kinds of commissions. Be sure and visit Catherine's quilt shop and also her art shop to see her lovely items.

1 comment:

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Great post...I've been to the park at the Deaf School and it's really nice!