Always a dabbler in the arts and crafts, Marilyn Ridgeway used art as mental therapy for stressful days teaching high school English. After retiring to Bald Head Island in 2000, she had time to take art classes from local artists and tinker with faux painting and trompe l’oeil covering most surfaces in her new home, and then onto an unsuccessful voyage into the mind boggling world of watercolor.
When she started working with Old Baldy Quilters on quilts for an Old Baldy Lighthouse fundraiser, she discovered a new world with colors that stayed put and could be rearranged as much as the artist liked.
She became fascinated with indigo dye, batik techniques and Shibori dye techniques and with her friends began dyeing and creating fabric. After discovering fabric origami and the works of fabric artist Kumiko Sudo, that fabric bloomed into flowers and birds. She had a found a medium that allowed her to go on journey every time she opened her stash drawers.
Marilyn also loves vintage fabrics and delights into giving them new life or repurposing them to another type of quilt work. Although she may use some traditional quilting techniques, her quilts and wall hangings, pillow covers speak to Japanese tradition and her own love of whimsy.
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