Anne Insolia Smyers creates compositions from floral motifs cut from commercial fabrics. She started quilting in 2007.
Her artwork has appeared in the following shows:
- Gifts from the HeART, Reston Community Center, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Young at ART, Reston Community Center, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Chantilly VA, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Herndon ArtSpace, Herndon, VA 2014
- Living With Art: Real Art for Real People, a Studio Art Quilts Associates Show, Chantilly, VA 2014
- Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival, Loveland, CO, 2014
- International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, 2014, 2016
- Road To California, Ontario, CA, 2015
- Kansas City Quilt Festival, 2015
- World Quilt Festival, Manchester NH, 2015
- Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Philadelphia PA, 2015
- Sacred Threads, Herndon VA, 2015, 2017
- QuiltFest Oasis, Palm Springs CA, 2015
- Barns of Rose Hill, 2016
- Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 2016
- In Full Bloom: International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, 2016
Reston Community Center, Reston VA, 2013, 2015, 2017
Himmelfarb Gallery, Columbia MD, 2014
Her artwork has appeared in the following publications:
Elån Magazine, Artist Profile, 2013
Inspired by the Beatles by Donna DeSoto, 2014
1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider, 2015
Sacred Threads Exhibition Catalogue, 2015, 2017
ModernReston.com online magazine, LINK to article here
Gaithersburg Town Courier, 2016, LINK to article here
Anne also works as a decorator in her own business, House to Home One-Day Decorating.
I see myself as a collage artist. I start with elements that I like and juxtapose them to create a bigger and coherent whole from them.
The fabric itself is my starting point. I love the myriad richness of color and design in fabrics available on the market today. I buy the fabrics that call to me, the products of other people’s creative urges. When I buy them I don’t know how I will use them, I just know that I love them. They inspire me to play with them.
I work intuitively, letting my pieces evolve as I go. I start with a very general idea of what something will become when I begin, and then I do a lot of experimenting, finding what works well together, auditioning many fabrics and building my compositions from the bottom up, or the inside out.
Lately the work I do has focused on flowers. I cut and fuse flowers onto a substrate layer, creating landscapes and mandalas. They are fanciful and whimsical, unlike my day to day self which is quite pragmatic. In working with fabric and thread I come to know another aspect of myself, which is insistent in its expression through these vibrant fabrics.
The flowers call to me on a few levels. Most basically I have always enjoyed gardening, and learned most of what I know about it from my mom and grandmother. I see the flowers as a language of connection between generations of women in my family. On a more abstract level, the flower symbolizes for me the fullness of life, as it is the most mature part of the plant. Flowers = blooming = thriving = growing. All of which I aspire to.