This is not a painting. It is indeed Fabric Art.

Fran Coker discovered quilting in 1989, and it has now blossomed into an avenue for her unique creative talents and skills. Over the years, she has taken occasional workshops from various renowned quilters, but generally considers herself to be self-taught.

The journey of Fran's current fabric art creativity began in fall 2009. Interpretations of colorful nature scenes using only fabric and thread are the preference for her fabric wall art. Each art piece usually starts with a great photograph as the inspiration. Fran's husband Ben uses his technical expertise to develop a usable image, then creates and prints the pattern pieces. After selecting the appropriate fabrics, Fran hand cuts each piece to fuse as an applique.

Her unique self-taught method of random free-form machine stitching blends the colors to help ensure a realistic final composition. Her recent fabric art pieces are done entirely on a 1940 Singer sewing machine.

“There is no fancy machine technology required to achieve what I do, just a little courage and a lot of practice.” says Fran.

Memberships: Two Rivers Village Arts Gallery - Chiloquin, Oregon; Heart of the Basin Quilt Guild - Klamath Falls, Oregon; Southern Oregon Guild - Kerby, Oregon.