Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Member Profile: Mary Ellen Latino

Seeking inspiration from nature, travel and personal experience, Mary Ellen Latino's art quilts invokes contemplation, emotion, while expressing a special moment in time.  

Mary Ellen began creating her own fabric in 1990. Using dyes and other surface design techniques, she seeks to create cloth full of energy and life. Her passion for fiber and photography now have merged to create cloth statements full of color, line, movement and images used in repetition or abstractly. Printed on silk charmeuse with its sumptuous luster, inner glow & glorious colors.

Her travels also impact her art. She says, "following a sojourn in Colombia I created Travel Muses to document my journey in such humble surroundings cradled by the Andes Mountains. Using silk & the processes of digital alchemy & shibori this series was born. La Manana celebrates the lone guinea fowl I encountered on an early morning walk. In El Burro I transform rock art ravaged by time & honor the donkey. Zulma Aurora pays homage to Mother Earth."

Her work has traveled around the country, exhibiting in galleries and museums across the country, including traveling SAQA exhibits in Europe, throughout New England, the New England Quilt Museum, along the east and west coasts.

Mary Ellen just returned from extended travels to Peru and undoubtedly we will enjoy the cloth inspired by experience.

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