Artist Statement

Sally Troxell
12347 Noch Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615

I was introduced to sewing and fiber at an early age by my mother who was an amazing seamstress, quilter, and knitter, as was my grandmother. As a young adult, my husband, children and I lived at Anton Larsen Bay, off the road system. Making quilts and knitting sweaters for my family fit into the DIY/ handmade lifestyle that we were living. At a certain point, all of the beds had quilts, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a workshop with Ree Nancarrow, so my direction shifted to quilts to hang on the wall as art.

In 2010, I took a relief printing workshop with Evon Zerbetz, which radically changed the work that I do. I still really like piecing, but most of my recent work had a printed element of some sort involved. Since I was printing fabric, I decided that I needed to dye the fabric that I was printing on, too, but I still love the pattern, texture, and color of commercial fabric, so my pieces generally include a combination of both. Beads, buttons, threads, ribbons and other various embellishments are a major element in my work, as well. Most of my quilts have a Kodiak flavor to them-and since my husband was a commercial fisherman for 25 years, I return to the ocean theme frequently.

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