Nancy B. Blake Artist Statement:
Nancy was given her first sewing machine from her grandmother at the age of 11. She has been inspired by and passionate about color, texture, design, and creativity ever since. Art and creativity are at the core of all aspects of her life. She has shared knowledge and experience through education and coordination of artistic experiences over the years for people of all ages.
She started and managed a juried art show for the first 14 years and it is now celebrating its 35th anniversary. She has been a board member and participant in many art and quilt groups over her career as a quilter. She uses multiple techniques in her fiber work including machine piecing, fusing, hand applique, hand stitching, dyeing and printing.
Her quilts have been published in books and calendars and have won numerous awards in shows in the Midwest.
Double Iris Studios is a collaborative adventure in the arts created by Nancy B Blake and Joe Clark. Their home studio space allows for a wide range of creative expression including Ceramics, Fiber Arts, Quilts, Wood, Hot and Cold Glass Work, and Jewelry. Art is meant to engage people emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. To hold or to view a piece of art or fine craft of original design and execution, and to wonder at the skill and inspiration of it’s creator is indeed sublime.
Double Iris Studios have started to collaborate on many of their projects. Joe has started to design quilts and is beginning to quilt using a longarm. Nancy has started to embellish Joe’s pottery with beads and etched designs. They have done multiple silk-screened projects together and they are excited to think about what comes next.