Marcia Stein

Marcia Stein is a San Francisco textile artist whose award-winning work has been shown in a number of juried exhibitions at galleries, museums, and quilt shows throughout the country and is included in several public and private collections.

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Marcia's recent designs combine her interest in photography with her quilt art, and she is currently at work on a series of pieces based on her photographs from Santa Fe, Italy, England, and the South of France.

Originally from Chicago, Marcia is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She took up quilting in 1992, after a lifelong interest in other needle arts, and has been pursuing her interest in textile art full-time since 1996. She is the author of 
Picture This! Appliqué Pictorial Quilts—From Photo to Fabric, published by C&T Publishing in 2010.


Artist's Statement

I have had a lifelong interest in the needle arts, and I love the tactile nature of quilting. Like many quilters before me, I began by taking classes to learn standard methods and traditional patterns before moving on to designs of my own creation.


I enjoy seeking out photographic subjects with an eye toward their successful translation into fabric. I like to portray a scene in a representational way yet with a whimsical quality that makes the work smile back at me as I recall the moment I caught the image on film. My current series is based on photographs I took in Santa Fe, Italy, England, and the South of France.

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While I still enjoy using the geometric shapes of traditional quiltmaking and the more free-form techniques of contemporary quilt art, my current work focuses on storytelling through appliqué, and for this I call upon my interest in photography.

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I am most satisfied with a piece when my enthusiasm for the subject shows through. I want to evoke a sense of place for the viewers, who are nonetheless free to imagine their own stories behind the quilt. I want the work to smile back at them the way it smiles back at me.
Lecture - Destinations: Travel-Inspired Quilts

Thursday, Thursday, June 28, 7 pm

Workshop - Picture This!

Saturday, June 30, 10 am - 4pm. Set up at 9:30 am

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