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    I am blissfully retired from thirty years of teaching and now immerse myself in making textile creations, all day long and sometimes through the night. Ideas abound and inspiration flows into and through me. I am passionate about creating beauty. I offer my textiles so that your home, apartment, child’s room, or office can feel inspiring and beautiful in a colorful way. Contact me any time at uniquelysilke2015@gmail.com

WELCOME

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About Me

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NGAG featured artist for April 2015

Silke Cliatt: Celebrating Color
By Jo Mitchell

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    Imagine, if you will: Every glorious color you can think of, put into a magic container and then shaken with equal measures of joy, celebration, and awe. The resulting explosion pops the lid, escapes confinement, borders on sensory overload and then settles, neatly and wonderfully into intricate visual patterns. That is the art of Silke Cliatt: impressionist, pictorial, plus traditional pieced, abstract quilts.  Smiling like a kid in a candy shop, your first impression may be of an untamed color riot of flower gardens, hot stripes and storybook scape, but it is more complex than that. Silke’s happy art is the cumulative result of decades spent learning and teaching. Sewing since she was a child, a love of fabrics developed into art education and explorations into surface design, the use of repeated patterns, screen and silk printings and batik. While Silke has achieved her wish to create an uplifted reaction in her viewers, she considers herself and her life part of a lifelong lesson and challenge and she does love a challenge: “I am crazy in love with problem solving. So, if a problem arises, I pull out all the stops to meet it. If I manage that, I am thrilled. If I don’t, I am humbled in a good way.” She wonders at times what happened between starting and finishing; being “aware that something mystical flows” through her, that in a way, the “creative process is a connection with the Divine.” Silke finds her inspirations in different places. They can be an image on a greeting card or photo, and with quilt making can derive from the beauty of the fabric alone. Art making is a process for Silke, one that grows, step by visible step. Contrary to what we see in the finished piece, she typically does not have an exact vision of what she wants to create, but makes decisions, one at a time as the need occurs. And as she is always searching, Silke keeps attempting something she has not done previously. If it doesn’t work, she just changes gears. She does not see the value in accomplishing something and then repeating it, safe as it may feel, over and over again. For thirty years, this artist’s energy “flowed almost exclusively” into educating young children. Now, retired, Silke “savors” having entire days to create her own art, if that ís what she chooses.  And she is grateful: for having the time and energy, for the materials, and for the mystical force that allows her to achieve what she feels she would otherwise not be able to do through any talent, skill or effort alone.
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Silke Cliatt 404-368-1542

uniquelysilke2015@gmail.com

 

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing.

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My Gallery

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Art Quilts

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Pillows

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Children’s Quilts

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Pictures

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Sentinels

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Sentinels

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Dijanne Cevaal is an Australian quilter who is a member of a small international group of quilters. I read about her in a magazine and learned that she had created, via linoleum cut, and printed the outline of an iconic byzantine/medieval female whom she calls, in French, sentinelle (guardian). Seeing it as a way to unite women all over the world, she sold the outline for a minimal fee world-wide. Each woman then embellished her Sentinel, and many mailed theirs back to Dijanne who organized a big exhibit in France. I was enchanted by the few images I saw and convinced my Quilt Guild group that we should explore making Sentinels. We recreated and shared the simple outline. Each of us is creating our own Sentinels. What became “Summer” was my first one. I had so much fun, especially with the beading, that “Spring” soon followed, and then I knew that I would create Guardians for all four seasons.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do you price your quilts?
The price is related to how long I worked on the quilt. I do not keep a tally, but I am aware whether something takes one week or three.

How are your quilts to be used?
They are intended as wall art, unless otherwise stated.

How are your quilts hung?
My preferred method is Velcro. I sew Velcro across the back and attach the counterpart to a wooden slat with two pre-drilled holes. That way it requires only two small nail holes in your wall.

What do you charge for shipping and handling?
Within the U.S. I ship free. I do not charge for handling.

What is your return policy?
I would not want one of my quilts in your possession if you don’t totally love it. Providing it is in the same condition that I sent it,  I will accept a return (and issue a prompt refund) within seven days of you receiving the quilt. You must pay for insured return shipping.

Where do you get your ideas?
There is usually at least one trigger that brings about a quilt. Sometimes it is a technique I want to learn, as with the sliver quilt. Sometimes it is an image I see on a greeting card or such that is so beautiful that I want to translate it into fabric. One of my quilts started with a handful of trimmings which I was about to discard when they looked like a nest in my hand. I made the nest, set it aside, and a few weeks later “Mother Love” began to take shape.

Why do you use such a beautiful fabric for backing when no one sees them?
Because I know they are there!

Would you consider a custom order?
I will consider a custom order if the parameters interest me.

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