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Quilting Artists

Denise Havlan


Denise Tallon Havlan is a studio quilt artist from Plainfield, Illinois.

Much of Denise's life has been expressed through the love of drawing and painting. In 1989, she brought those skills into her new passion...quilting. With no prior experience in fabric and thread use, Denise was at a loss on how to construct her vision in fabric. Over a five year period she learned how to manipulate this new medium and ultimately introduce fine art skills and tools into her wall quilts.

Beginning with commercial fabric, she often enhances and transforms it with paint, pencil and ink. The discovery was that the figurative work took on a dimensional quality that paint and canvas could not. Denise says, "I was actually dressing my figures in real fabric!" The quilts are constructed using techniques ranging from hand and machine piecing and applique to heavy machine embroidery and quilting.

Without making a strong environmental statement, Denise is satisfied if the viewer is drawn into her work and has a personal reaction to it. That can be as simple as "I love the colors" to "one day that will be no more".

Her quilts have appeared in numerous national quilt shows over the past two decades. Most recent awards have included:
  • Master Award for Contemporary Artistry - 2009 IQA World of Beauty Show
  • First Place - 2010 AQS Paducah
  • Best Wall Quilt - 2010 Road to California Best Wall Quilt - 2010 Denver National Quilt Festival.