The name Connie Bloom is familiar to newspaper junkies who read her columns, news and feature stories in Knight Ridder newspapers for three decades. 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.
Connie calls herself a purist because she hand dyes, hand paints and hand prints much of her cloth. She also layers the surface of her art quilts with intricate freehand threadwork using her mechanical sewing machine, Bella. The end results employ not a hair of automation anywhere, not even a lowly preprogrammed embroidery stitch.