Santa Fe, NM
Katie Pasquini Masopust lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband Bobby and children on 10 acres that have a beautiful view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She works from a large studio that’s adjacent to their living room so she can be with her family and quilt in her studio at the same time.
Katie started quilting almost 30 years ago while caring for her terminally ill mother. She took some classes and got hooked making traditional quilts. Several years later she took a class with Michael James, the top art quilter in the United States. He opened doors for her that led her to start designing her own quilts. In the years since, Katie has created many high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers.
From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to very painterly landscapes, fracturing them and adding transparencies and color washes, executed with the finest fabrics and creative stitching techniques. Her most recent work is based on her acrylic paintings. She feels as if she has returned full circle to her beginning as a painter who now paints with fabric.
She has received numerous awards and accolades, culminating with her 2005 presentation of the Silver Star Award by the Houston Quilt Festival. The award is the equivalent of a life time achievement award and induction into a very select group of art quilters who are recognized as top professionals. More recently, she won the Quilts Japan Prize at the 2011 Quilt National Show.
Katie’s more recent work is inspired by her acrylic paintings. Every Wednesday she paints with five other abstract painters from the Santa Fe area. They then critique each other’s work. It’s time that Katie finds very inspiring!
Katie shares her love of working with fabrics, textures, designs and the art of creative quilting through the numerous books she has written as well as classes she teaches. She travels the world to present her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes throughout North America as well as Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Katie’s easy, energetic manner has made her a very popular teacher and lecturer.
Santa Fe is an artists’ haven and home to many art galleries, but fiber arts and quilts were not being presented. So Katie decided to establish an Art Quilt Conference and ensuing Art Quilt Show, a temporary gallery set up once a year in conjunction with a quilters’ retreat. The goal is to showcase the best art quilts created by top designers from around the world. The original temporary gallery brought in many visitors who were not aware that art quilts could be such beautiful works of art. A lot of quilts were sold at the event and, as a result, a full-time quilt gallery opened to complement all the other art forms represented by Santa Fe galleries.
Katie’s Alegre Retreats are an annual event that has grown over the years. The retreats have moved to several different locations to accommodate growing numbers of quilters who want to attend the event and are now held at Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, Colorado. Alegre Retreat is the premier conference for devotees of the fabric arts, providing art quilters with an escape from everyday life to come together to learn and share their expertise. The retreat highlights a variety of quilting methods and specialties in this rich branch of the fabric arts. Katie also is a member of the Experius Academy Advisory Council, a group working to develop the art mission for Gateway Canyons Resort as a destination resort for quilting enthusiasts and fiber artists.
As busy as she is, Katie’s love of art and the support of her family give her tireless energy. Look for many exciting new works to come from Katie.
Fiber Artist Katie Pasquini has traveled the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and England teaching contemporary quilt designing.
Photographs are the starting point of my work. I first search out an interesting subject to photograph. I then I do a drawing from the photograph and add transparencies that I call ‘ghosts’ to float in and out of the image.
I frequently add color by making a small water color painting that I superimpose over the first two drawings to create a many layered image that departs from reality.
I was a painter before I came to quilting and it feels like I’m painting with cloth now. It could be done in paint, but I enjoy doing it in fabric. I work intuitively choosing fabrics and sort of putting them up on a wall like a brush stroke. These quilts begin as reality, but with the many layers they become more abstract.
I am interested in portraying places I have been, into a surreal world of my own.