Beth Markel

“There are NO ugly fabrics, just ugly fabrics waiting to be sewn into swans!”  Beth Markel


Welcome…and let me introduce myself:

I am a fifth generation quilter, and have a deep love and respect for the art of quilting, whether it is traditional, paper piecing, appliqué, contemporary or whole cloth designs. That being said, however, I am also a textile and fabric artist, engaged in dying my own fabric, painting on fabric, beading, adding antique buttons, pieces of old lace, felt, tulle, photos, and even bits of an old tape measure that belonged to my Grandma Broyles.  I have also experimented with gel glue resist, discharge paste, and glorious vats of indigo.  My background is photography, but my first love was pottery & clay.  Consequently, I believe the textile arts are a happy marriage of tactile & visual.

Most of the time I work with an idea of what I want the finished piece to say or to represent, and use fabric to reach that goal.  I look more and more each day for what inspires creativity, not only in myself, but in others as well.  Since I am not locked into a style, but rather have a voice, I can experiment and expand as I wish, without preconceived expectations. This allows me great freedom to create!

As with most artists, I would like my art to reflect my emotions and experiences, but also be evocative to the viewer, that they might explore their own emotions or experiences with a different perspective. The longer I work with fabric and textiles, the more I believe there is something so elemental in being able to touch, feel, express, and create with your hands.  It’s a true expression of who we are as individuals.  Elements of early work are based on the journal I kept while my sister was doing battle with leukemia, so there are elements of hope, sadness, anger, and grief, all of which were necessary for me to work through as an artist.

My quilts are bold, whimsical, colorful, funny, and eclectic.  They have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, for which I am both humbled and grateful.


I also teach a number of classes, from Beginning Quilting to Art Journaling, so feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.  Few things are more exciting than to see someone’s creativity spark to life for the very first time!