Katherine Knauer

Katherine Knauer began making quilts in 1976. Inspired by traditional quilt patterns and textile techniques, Knauer frequently prints her own fabric in order to layer-in imagery taken from contemporary headlines. A sense of humor is an essential component of her work and a familiarity with textile history would provide a deeper understanding of the many visual double-entendres. The juxtaposition of a medium most often associated with comfort and warmth and surface imagery concerning war and environmental degradation gives her work a unique perspective and energy.

Katherine Knauer sewing

Why quilts? "Stitching is my native language and I am more fluent with this medium than any other. The amount of focused time required, the singular concentration on the subject and the repetitive nature of careful craftsmanship provide a meditative atmosphere for reflection on the topic."

Press about Katherine:

Read about Katherine on the Textile Study Group of New York Blog.

Read Katherine's article "Stencil Printing on Fabric" from the Summer 1993 issue of American Quilter Magazine (PDF Download 7mb).

Email Katherine Knauer about purchasing, exhibits and custom work.
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