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Sequim artisan uses antique kimonos in quilts

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Sequim Gazette staff

Sequim resident Barbara Houshmand brings her colorful fiber art designs to Port Townsend for Artisans on Taylor’s show “The Threads That Run Through,” on exhibit through February. Houshmand is known for her color choices, composition and intricate quilted designs.

This show includes bright and provoking quilts made with hand-dyed fabrics, found fabrics and antique kimonos.

Houshmand said she’s been collecting antique kimonos since the 1970s.

“The Threads That Run Through” show also features a collection of quilt art and paintings from Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island and Seattle.

Organizers said they want the collection to show quilts as an art form by hanging them in a formal gallery style as well as by displaying traditional quilt stacking. The quilts are paired with intimate portraits by Paula Livingston of Port Townsend.

All the participants have backgrounds in textile design and quilting.

Other participating artists:
• Karen Page shows a collection of hand-dyed and hand-quilted wall hangings. 

• Ann Borwick presents a minimalist approach to quilting using men’s shirting fabrics and antique Asian fabrics.

• Charlie Peterson displays wall hangings and wall quilts. 

• Anna Nasset, owner of Artisans on Taylor, presents a combination of text typed onto fabric and hand-quilting. 

• Paula Livingston brings a collection of oil and acrylic portraits, images of women caught in moments of searching, thoughtfulness and joy. 

• Amy Bixby exhibits hand-forged silver and gold jewelry with an emphasis on inspirations from nature.

Artisans on Taylor, 236 Taylor St., can be reached at 360-379-1029 or visit



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