Marta Amundson has made art in many forms since she was "old enough to hold a crayon", and continues to be inspired by nature and the environment around her.
See a sample of Marta's quilt design work in the September/October '01 (#81) issue of Quiltmaker magazine
Following are excerpts from a recent Quiltmaker interview.
How did you decide to make quiltmaking a career? What led you in that direction?
I made art in many forms form the time I was old enough to hold a crayon. My college education was in visual art and art history and I embarked on a career as a glass artist soon after I graduated.
In 1989 I realized that what motivated and inspired me most was my commitment to wildlife and the environment. Making art quilts seemed a far richer pursuit than my career in architectural stained glass where I had to conform to decision by a committee of people unschooled in art and architecture in a dwindling public art market. I don't regret the time I spent learning to do glass art as it has given me a rich sense of color and design and the ability to see from a drawing how my work will progress. In the end, a quilt is just a stained glass window that won't break.
My mother taught me to use a sewing machine when I was in junior high so I already had the technical foundations for fiber art. It just seemed natural that I would pursue what was familiar. My grandmother taught me to quilt in my early twenties so I put the two together; first to make bed covers and later to make art.