Frauke Palmer

Frauke Palmer


Artist Statement

I indulge my sense of color, line, and texture through the vehicle of quilting.

My studio is the out of doors. That’s where I take my pictures, that’s where I find my inspiration, that’s where my ideas spring forth. Back home I sit in front of my computer and relive all those moments out in the desert hiking through the wide open landscape learning about nature’s ways.​

Rocks are a particular focus of mine, the large expanse of rock exposed in the deserts of Arizona, California, and Utah.  Multicolored, etched with nature’s designs, they provide me with a palette of color and line that I incorporate into my quilts. Trees, their bark, their growth pattern add to the possibilities.

​These elements come together through the use of the computer which allows me to slice and dice my images, layer them, adjust them, blend them, and manipulate them in myriad ways. What fun I have! And all the time I am reliving those precious moments during which I was out trekking through nature even though now I am sitting at home and those exciting moments are but memories.  Yet at the same time I am reexperiencing and reshaping them into something new.



After more than 20 years teaching physics and math in high school, I retired and returned to my skills in sewing for amusement and to fill the hours that I now had free. To my surprise, this hobby turned into something more as the allure of art quilts drew me in and I discovered the large, vibrant, active, and talented community of art quilters. Soon I was entering shows and getting accepted and now my quilts are traveling in exhibitions around the country.​

Although born in Germany I left on my third birthday and settled in England with my family for six years. At the age of nine we moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where I finished my education, got married, and had my first child. After a couple of years in Chicago my husband and I settled in Columbus, Ohio, and raised our own family. All during those early years I sewed clothes for everyone in the family. I loved that act of creation. Times changed, I went to work as a teacher, and clothes could be bought for less than the price of fabrics, so my skills languished until my retirement.​

My quilts have changed over the years, from piecing commercial fabrics, to creating my own fabrics from personal photographs. In retirement my husband and I have hiked extensively in the American Southwest with camera in hand capturing images of rocks, of trees, of the landscape. These images now form the basis of my work. Through the use of the computer I can slice and dice them and create a new world of my own filled with color and design that evoke the beauty of nature.  Each quilt is my homage to nature’s creativity.



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