Sherri Culver was told at an early age that she had no artistic talent. So she focused on other dreams. Sherri earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, changed gears to became a stay-at-home mom for her four kids, became the president of the school board, then earned a masters degree in Labor Relations, and went on to have a successful third career as a mediator. It was only in her mid-fifties that she reconnected with the art world.
Sherri’s stepdaughter asked her to make her a quilt as a wedding present — nevermind the fact that Sherri had never quilted in her life. Ever up for a challenge, Sherri enlisted the help of a friend and made her first quilt. And it wasn’t bad. So she started a new one. Sherri created two more wedding quilts, a number of graduation quilts, and a flurry of grandbaby quilts — 26 functional quilts in all. And what did she learn from all of this activity? Number one, she had artistic talent. And number two, she hated the mindnumbing repetition of traditional quilting.
Look at her works ye mighty and despair!
Sherri’s first quilted portrait was of her husband in his groan-inducing “nerd hat.” The response from family and friends was overwhelmingly positive. Sherri has since made portraits of the majority of her family and friends, as well as the Rolling Stones, Nina Simone, Andy Warhol, and Barbara Walters. Sherri’s work has garnered national awards, been published in industry journals, and is regularly featured in traveling shows. She has become a valued member of the fiber-arts community who is regularly asked to speak on panels, lead workshops, and mentor up-and-coming talent.
Not bad for a woman with “no artistic talent.”
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- Fiber Artist Sherri Culver