Quilt Artist of the Week: Wendy Huhn

by Kim on 04/03/2006

in Quilting

Things That Break © Wendy Huhn 1999, 54
Things That Break © Wendy Huhn 1999, 54″W x 68″H

Wendy Huhn is a mixed-media textile artist and teacher who uses resist dyeing, electronic image transfering, stenciling, painting, and airbrushing alongside more traditional applique, piecing, and quilting techniques. Her work has a collage-like quality that reminds me of folk retablos and that school of indie comix where cute and sinister meet (cf. the Blab anthologies from Fantagraphics). Oh yeah — some of her stuff is NSFW. You may also notice a recurring theme of retro feminine imagery. It seems she was born with her artistic voice — in the artist statment, she writes:

“As a child I was obsessed with creating my own paper dolls. I would cut and paste together my own creations from magazines. Often using the forbidden Playboy – which I found in dumpsters. To buy commercially made male paper dolls in the late 1950’s was a rarity. I would re-assemble the pieces to create my own paper people. This is how I continue to work scavenging, cutting, pasting, enlarging, reducing and waiting for the work to sing.”

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1 kristin March 5, 2006 at 7:42 am

Thanks for spotlighting this artist. I knew I would love her gallery before I even visited her website, and it did not disappoint!


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