Bits n Pieces Battle Ground quilter pieces together artistry

first_imgMelisse Laing If you think quilting is only about creating bedspreads, then the work of Melisse Laing might open your eyes to a new world.Laing, 75, of Battle Ground has been a professional quilt artist for 35 years. And her colorful, textured work will be on display over the next month at three Clark County venues.“Quilting is a legitimate artistic medium,” Laing said. “It’s not accepted as fine art in many galleries and museums, but that’s a battle we’ve been fighting as quilters for years.”Laing became fascinated with the medium after taking a quilting class. Her love of the form began as a hobby but grew into something much more complex, she said.“I’ve sewn for most of my life,” Laing said. “I don’t come from a family of quilters. But I grew intrigued by it. And I decided they look much better on the wall than they do on me.” Laing often dyes her own fabrics with Procion dyes to get the perfect colors and textures for her carefully planned designs.“A lot of my work is abstract,” Laing said. “I’m inspired by color, by the work of artists in other mediums, particularly fused glass.”last_img read more