Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and fascination in the creative process. Liz began her explorations in fabric by following a traditional approach to quilting. After filling her tool box with the skills needed for success in the traditional arena she began to delve into the world of art and discovered freedom and fun in mixed media.
Liz’s eclectic work is influenced by her beautiful surroundings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her love of vintage textiles and story. She incorporates layers and found objects to tell stories of the land and people. When she isn’t creating art, Liz writes about creativity and the creative process. Her articles appeared regularly in Quilter’s Home Magazine. Liz is co-author of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Author of First Time Beading on Fabric and Know Your Needles.
Liz lives in Colorado with her very supportive husband. Her three remarkable sons are headed out on their own journeys and her three adorable grandsons are keeping everyone on their toes.
My work explores fabric and stitch, texture and rhythm. I am fascinated by the simple structure of the grid and its prevalence in our world. To me the grid represents both the physical structures that surround us as well as the pulse of our society and our attempts to bring order to chaos. I am inspired by many things but the rhythm of the natural world and the human mind weave their way into my work with consistency.
Fun and play are two words we tend to leave behind as we grow up. We all need more fun and play in our daily life so that we can be the healthy, happy and brilliant people we are meant to be. My classes are designed to have fun and be silly and make a delicious mess while exploring our artistic voice.
I believe that the classroom should be a safe haven for learning, exploring and stretching your creative muscles. It takes a lot of courage to develop and realize your artistic self. I value that courage and understand the fear and uncertainty that accompanies it. My role is to walk beside you on this journey as a guide and teacher. I do not use the word perfection unless we are making margaritas.
I teach a wide variety of mixed media art techniques and my overriding goal for each student is to discover their own creative energy, voice and heart.
Each of my classes is designed to be accessible to the total beginner and also stretch the more seasoned artist.