Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: Switzerland

Maryline Collioud-Robert

My name is Maryline Collioud-Robert and I live in the French speaking part of Switzerland.
I studied Humanities at University of Neuchâtel, but I’ve always been attracted to textiles. I discovered quilts when I went to California for a year when I was 18, as an exchange student. As soon as I got back, I started experimenting by myself, no one was making patchwork at that time.
In 1982, I went back to the States for a quilt study trip. I travelled across the country, meeting artists, and visiting museums.

My quilts are contemporary, but quite traditional in their shape. Square or rectangular, quilted, and made only with commercial fabrics. I find dyeing very boring, but perhaps in another life I shall make some experiment in that field!
I’m fascinated by colors, and use as many as possible. I sometimes start with subdued colors, but as the days go by, I remove them, and replace them by more vivid shades. Although, I did manage to make an almost grey quilt this Spring. It was accepted to Quilt Visions, and I was very proud!
I mostly appliqué my fabrics, using fusing material, or making reverse appliqué. I like dense textures and surfaces, and I’m looking for a strong graphic impact. I have no sociological or political messages to deliver through my quilts.

I’m involved in different groups, I’m teaching, writing, translating, jurying, travelling, and sometimes I feel like I spend too little time in my studio.

I enjoy writing posts several times a week on my blog, and I have met incredible creative people through this channel.

My other hobbies are photography, origami and spending way too much money on marvelous books!


  1. Hello Maryline, It is good to meet your work after all this time. I love the movement in the bright colour work you show here. But I also am very fascinated with the Ghost plant. That would be wonderful to see in person, I am sure.
    I will have to go see your blog.
    Sandy in the UK

  2. Lovely to meet you and get a flavour of your work.