Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is internationally-recognized for her award-winning art quilts, which have appeared in hundreds of national and international exhibitions, collections, and publications. Honors include 2009 International Quilt Festival Best of Show, the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century, NQA, Masterpiece Quilt Award, and selection as one of the thirty most influential quiltmakers in the world. Caryl has lectured and taught in eleven countries around the world and recently opened the Bryerpatch Studio Workshop Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Caryl was the Best of Show winner for the 2009 International Quilt Associations with her quilt, On the Wings of a Dream.
"For as long as I can remember, I have expressed myself through artwork. My formal training was primarily in design, drawing and studio painting. After many years of painting, sewing and experimenting with other media, I discovered that fabric, as an artistic medium, best expressed my personal vision.
I love the tactile qualities of cloth and the unlimited color range made possible by hand dyeing and other surface design techniques. Virtually all of my quilts begin with white, 100% cotton fabric.
The fabric is dyed, painted and printed to create the palette of colors and visual texture used in piecing and appliqueing my images. In addition to continuing an ongoing series of colorful fantasy works, I have recently become very interested in images scanned and manipulated in the computer and printed directly on fabric with archival ink jet inks.
The focus of my work is on the qualities of color, line and texture, which will engage the spirit and emotions of the viewer, evoking a sense of mystery, excitement or joy. Illusions of movement, depth and luminosity are common to most of my work.
Both my geometric, color studies and my more organic, two dimensional abstracts are inspired by visual impressions, collected in my travels, in my everyday life and in my imagination. My work is usually about seeing, experiencing and imagining, rather than pictorial representation of any specific object or species. When recognizable objects appear, they represent the emotions and flights of fantasy evoked by those objects.
I intend for my quilts to be seen and enjoyed by others. It is my hope that they will lift the spirits and delight the eyes of those who see them."
Caryl's Web site is www.bryerpatch.com