Artist StatementMy inspiration often comes from nature, or from the materials with which I work. The fabrics I collect allow me to work intuitively, letting them inspire me to create new designs and images. My recent series is also inspired by the the rocks and canyons of the American southwest and other natural images, such as the rocky coast of Maine. My current technique involves cutting curvy strips from hand dyed fabrics, pleating them and using them to create a collage which is then quilted.
I have been working in fiber since 1981. I now work primarily by machine and have made over 470 quilts.
My style has evolved from more traditional to more abstract over the past 15-20 years. Sometimes representational, but mostly abstract or geometric describes my work.
I have exhibited work locally, throughout the U.S., and have won awards at many shows. I have sold work at private galleries, at the Textile Museum shop, and also to private customers through shows and through my website, www.donnaradner.com.
My work is part of many private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Recent exhibits include the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Md.,
the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring, Md., The Glenview Art Gallery, Rockville, Md., the Sacred Threads exhibit, Herndon, Va., and lectures at the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.