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!