The name Connie Bloom is familiar to newspaper junkies who read her columns and feature stories in Knight Ridder newspapers for many years. While she was once best known for her inimitable prose, her passion for the written word inevitably took a back seat to her compulsion for fabric and Connie reinvented herself as a textile artist.
She has been sewing since she was 2.
Patrons and former readers are quick to recognize Connie’s compelling visual language as that of matching her lyrical newspaper voice. She is doing what she has always done, she says, but with a different set of tools.
She calls herself a purist and hand dyes, hand paints and hand prints much of her cloth, then layers the surface with intricate freehand thread work using a mechanical sewing machine. Connie calls this process “drawing” with her sewing machine. The end results employ not a hair of automation anywhere, not even a lowly pre-programmed embroidery stitch.
Connie welcomes commissions of all kinds but has a deep and abiding love of animals and is especially soft on pet portraits, from llamas to snails and dogs, dogs, dogs.
She also heeds a higher calling to the creation of memorial art quilts and cloth books, made from the clothes and personal effects of people who have passed. The finished piece becomes a family heirloom to be passed down through the generations. Please click here for photos and more information about the sensitive creation of memorials.