Joyce Robinson is a graphic artist, quilt artist and quilting teacher who lives in Salida, Colorado. Joyce loves to create original and unique quilts from simple shapes. Her design work can be seen at joycerobinson.com.
How did you decide to make working with quilts a career? What led you in that direction?
I've been an artist all of my life and was always searching for the right artistic medium. When I landed a job working for Quilts and Other Comforts and then shortly after QNM, I had a good feeling. I love the fabrics and the design possibilities. I also feel inspired by teaching and the teaching potential. When I was younger, I wanted to grow up and become an art teacher and finally it makes sense.
What inspires your work? How do new ideas come to you in quiltmaking?
Sometimes ideas stew around in my artistic center for years, and other times, it is a quick, semi-planned accident. I try to look for successful color meetings and tune into my love of texture and design. Brainstorming/sketching and auditioning fabrics are ways that I let it all flow together. I also collect fabrics for someday...and sometimes someday is today!
Those of us at Quiltmaker know you have a connection to quilt magazine publishing. Please tell our readers about your background with our sister magazine, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
I feel that my time with QNM as artist, senior artist, art director and freelance artist has given me the best quilting education on the planet. While presenting techniques and patterns for magazine readers, I have developed an expert foundation to make my own art quilts and now I share my own creative ideas, patterns and experiences.
If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?
If you are new to quiltmaking, start simple. A group of simple parts can be very effective and eye-pleasing. Plus, this allows all of the beautiful fabrics you've chosen for your quilts to "do the work". After a little time has passed, you'll get better and more confident. Then looking back at your quiltmaking adventures, you'll start to feel a spark and then you'll know where you should try to take the next quilt. Now, you've got the quilting fever.
Joyce Robinson's Magnolia Maze appears in the January/February 2006 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.