Leotie Richards became enamored with textiles while working as an Art Director for Cost Plus World Market. After 20 years designing graphics and textiles for retail stores, she retired to Sisters, Oregon and began applying her design skills to art quilting. Studying intensly for two years in various workshops, she became skilled with various fabrication techniqes and began to experience a high degree of satisfaction in her creative process with textiles.
Leotie is currently designing and fabricating a series of textile bowls that are not functional, but purely decorative. She integrates rich colors and intriguing patterns with imagery from nature and various cultures. She accentuates her designs with various surface design techniques such as thread painting and block prints. As her works progresses, she intends to include hand-dyed and painted fabrics.
She continues to study techniques and history, and is now working on a series of quilts that incorporate portraits of people she admires. She is also the Northwest Regional Co-representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates (saqa.com) and has been active in several quilt guilds in Central Oregon.
You can see more of Leotie's work at her website.