Artist Statement

detail image | River Birch | © 2009


Fabric is my medium.

My life-long connection to the tactile quality of fabric and its potential to be transformed into objects both utilitarian and beautiful is undeniable. Consciously limiting materials to fabric and thread supports my intention to create bold, graphic quilts with high visual impact. Impeccable craftsmanship and dense machine quilting are hallmarks of my work and encourage the viewer to take a closer look.

Seeds for new compositions are often inspired by words or phrases that manifest as graphic images in my mind. A variety of shapes cut from fabric and arranged on the design wall bring these images to life. Early drafts of the compositions are often static. As fabric elements are rearranged and edited, the perception of instability and motion is created when, in reality, no motion exists.




detail image | River Birch | © 2009

Sandra Palmer Ciolino grew up in northwestern Ohio in an environment with strong family values that were instrumental in instilling a sense of purpose and determination in her pursuits. Sandra’s quilts sport bold geometric shapes and have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and art centers. Her contemporary quilts can be found in the permanent collection of the Zanesville Museum of Art and in the homes and workplaces of many patrons.

Sandra graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and taught 30 years in the Cincinnati Public School system. Since her retirement in 2002, she pursues a full-time studio practice in her home in Cincinnati.