Barbara Shapel, Contemporary Fiber Artist

Color Study V (front and detail of front)

Artist Statement:
I always tell my students that executing a quilt like this where it is not the color of the pieces that is important, but their value reinforces the importance of lightness and darkness in the fabrics you choose. This particular piece is shaded in two opposite directions with brown and blue squares, so the piece looks completely different depending upon how much light is in the room. In a well-lit space, the shading of the brown fabric is noticeable, but in a darker room the shading of the blue squares is what the viewer notices.

5th in the series or Color Study Quilts

Cotton fabric, cotton and invisible threads
64” h x 43” w

• 2003
      Columbia River Gorge Quilt Show
          1st Place, Wall or Miniature
          2nd Place, Pieced