Carol Anne Grotrian

Carol Anne Grotrian begins her quilts with white cotton, fiber-reactive dyes, and indigo, which is partnered with Japanese shibori dyeing techniques—shaping the fabric to control how the dye is absorbed. “My landscapes’ subtext is always ecological, but my subject is usually a quiet sense of place, often based on places I’ve experienced—what I call ‘breathing spaces’—where my art stops time, whether cycles of seasons, tides, or day to night. It’s that bigger-than-human natural world, a gift of great beauty, whatever one’s spiritual beliefs,” she says.