Gloria Loughman is a quilt artist who lives in Victoria, Australia. She began patchwork about 30 years ago during recovery from chemotherapy for breast cancer. Gloria studied for a Diploma in Art in 1996 and then began to make her large colour and light filled landscape quilts that she is most well known for.
|Kimberley Mystique by Gloria Loughman|
Gloria has won many awards, including the Rajah teaching award in 2009, and the most prestigious Australian National award for her quilt ‘Kimberley Mystique’ in 2003. Gloria is a trained secondary teacher and has taught her art quilting classes for many years. She travels to teach extensively, with more than 20 countries under her belt.
Gloria is also the author of four art quilting books (the most recent on architecture and house facades has just been released), she has a Craftsy class, has had many solo exhibitions and will be teaching at the NZ National Quilt Symposium in October.
|One of Gloria's Linear Landscapes|
We talk about Gloria's journey from learning to make traditional quilts through to being a full-time international art quilting teacher, artist and author.
Gloria paints and dyes and we talk about how she uses these fabrics in her quilt. We talk about how she has evolved her style while keeping her voice and how her background in mathematics relates to her mosaic and patterned backgrounds. And we learn about how important trying to capture light is to Gloria.
We chat about how important teaching is to Gloria and how much she enjoys seeing how students discover their potential in class. And we also learn how Gloria fits in such a busy teaching schedule along with making her own work and spending time with family.
|Coastline, Bruny Island, Tasmania by Gloria Loughman|
Gloria has a new class and I get to hear about her experimental work that has lead to a new technique. The quilt above is one of the samples for this and this is a sneak preview as it's not up on her website yet. Lucky us!
Here are some links to topics that we talked about:
The Ananse Village damask fabric that Gloria uses can be found here https://www.anansevillage.com
Howard Arkley is an artist that Gloria finds inspirational, along with Harold Coop and architect Harry Seidler. Gloria also mentions Tom Thompson and The Group of Seven. And Gloria cannot live without her (multiple) Sewezi Tables.
And this is where you can find more about Gloria and get in touch with her, including finding her teaching schedule: