Cheryl Rezendes is the author of Fabric Surface Design. A comprehensive book of over 80 surface design techniques for applying imagery to fabric using textile paints and other "kitchen friendly" media.
She received her training as a painter at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After graduation she made her living as a custom clothier while pursuing her own work as a mixed-media collage artist.
Cheryl has worked as an elementary school art teacher, interior designer, free-lance writer and as a columnist for a daily newspaper. Both her fine and wearable art have been exhibited in shops and galleries throughout the United States.
Cheryl lives in the woods of western Massachusetts with her husband, a geriatric collie, an ornery cat named Julian and an assortment of wild animals that pass by. She has three sons; an engineer, a full-time architecture student and a full-time systems engineering student.
I make art because I have to. It's that simple. I had the great fortune of being born into a family that recognized the importance and value of art in culture and society. Because my parents understood my needs and talents early on, they provided me with the space and tutelage to grow as an artist from a very young age. I can honestly say that I have been drawing, painting, sewing and writing since I was a very small child. I continued to draw, paint and write throughout my elementary and secondary school years. From high school I went on to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After graduation I pursued mixed media collage as my medium. Even with gallery representation I supplemented my income with sewing and stitching – skills I had learnt from my mother.
It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that I began to incorporate my skills as a dressmaker with those of a fine artist. Over the years my artwork has evolved and morphed into what is now called art quilting. Inspired by the natural world, the human figure, color, light and the work of other artists and designers both in history and present day, I am never at a lack for ideas. I only need to get out of my own way and let the work flow. The simple processes of cutting and stitching, gluing and painting an art piece together somehow make me feel connected to something much larger then myself. It is my hope that those who view my work might also feel that connection.