Mary Beth Bellah is an artist whose work continues to challenge the traditional understanding of what constitutes a quilt. Exhibited widely in both national and international juried/invitational exhibits, her work frequently involves a unique combination of cotton, wire, recycled elements and thread, which may be freestanding or wall-mounted. Exhibits have included invited work at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, UK and Llangollen North Wales; Quilt National 2007 (OH) and Materials: Hard & Soft (TX).

“Living at the edge of the woods, I’ve found inspiration and return frequently to the imagery and thematic use of trees in my work. The experience of living with nature as a daily part of life changes one’s perspective and how one sees the world. 

“Fiber, and textiles specifically, is my preferred material because it is readily accessible to every individual and forms a connection so our conversation warms up quickly. I have quite a broad interpretation of the word ‘quilt‘ and enjoy looking at any new material (or salvaged item) as a prospective ingredient in my next work.”

Studio number 17


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