Olena Nebuchadnezzar discovered American quilt art when she came to the United States from her native Ukraine. Intrigued, she began quilting. She spends many hours outdoors, painting and studying the structure of trees and flowers, colors in the sky and water, before beginning. The resulting ‘fabric paintings’ are rich in color and texture and meticulously detailed.
Nebuchadnezzar received her BFA degree from the Institute of Arts and Design (Ukraine). Her work has been exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum (MA), the International Quilt Festivals (IL and France) and numerous regional venues. Olena currently works from her studio in Virginia.
“My goal is to show the beauty of the natural world around us; to express human feelings through a landscape; and to show the beauty of different stages in human life through different seasons in nature. Using fabrics made of cotton, silk or wool, I create multi-colored painterly effects by fabric painting, stamping, ‘painting’ with top stitching, embroidery, felting and quilting. Landscapes and floral appliqués are my main repertoire.”