August 29, 2010
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene
She calls it painting with fiber.
With nature as her pattern and fabric her pallet, she creates award-winning, luminous garden quilts in South Lake Tahoe.
Textile artist Paula Chung will be the featured presenter at the Tahoe Art League September 8 meeting held at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center from 7pm to 9pm. The public is invited to meet Paula and see her fascinating quilts.
Paula began quilting in the early 1970s, using the old tried and true methods: hand tracing templates, hand sewing all the little pieces into blocks and quilting the whole piece by hand. She enjoyed the pattern and color manipulation, but knowing the outcome of the piece before it was completed lost its appeal. In the 1990s, she became aware of the art quilt movement and found a new direction for her craft.
A true textile artist, Paula is working toward a professional career in this field. Currently she is working on an art degree at the Lake Tahoe Community College, and expanding her knowledge through participation in professional associations, classes and numerous juried shows in the United States as well as Japan, where textile art is held in high esteem. In fact, Paula won a Silver Award and a Bronze Award in the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in 2008.
Beautiful flowers from her garden have provided inspiration and subject matter for much of Paula’s art. Her garden quilt series began with intriguing photos she took of tulips from her garden in the spring of 2005. Her quilts became more stylized and abstract, with color and shapes telling the story. Working with her own hand dyed silks, Paula uses a special raw-edge appliqué technique without fusible materials, then densely free-form quilts to give additional texture. Pieces are backed to be hung individually or to be framed. You can see more of Paula’s quilts at www.paulachung.com.
This past spring, Paula was accepted to participate in ArtQuilt Elements at The Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Her entry, Japanese Anemone, 88” x 52”, was selected for the cover photo for the exhibit catalog.
Another honor recently came Paula’s way. She was asked to make a large silk piece for the LTCC’s new library. The subject was to be something capturing Lake Tahoe’s beautiful scenery. She chose a pine bough shown here, inspired by the Jeffery Pine trees at Nevada Beach.
All artists, quilters and art lovers should find Paula Chung’s TAL presentation rewarding. The Tahoe Art League Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center at 3050 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
For more information about the Tahoe Art League, please visit the TAL website. Information is available on the Tahoe Art League Art Center, the Showcase gallery and on going art classes and workshops conducted by TAL members.