I have been making and exhibiting my contemporary quilts for over 30 years. I studied at the University of Kentucky, and although the art department there did not offer much in the way of textile studies, I later applied what I learned in printmaking and ceramics to my passion—fabric. My quilts are often autobiographical and embellished with an assortment of beads, buttons, gemstones, and other tiny three-dimensional objects. I enjoy hand stitching and I usually embroider and paint on some parts of my quilts. My quilts are partially realistic, and partially abstract. I like to give some of the story through the images found on commercial cloth, as well as hand-printed images. I have traveled to many places and collected fabric from the cultures I visit. The rich stash of fabric, beads, and other collected items continues to lure me to expression.
When Terrie Hancock Mangat was six years old she asked for fabric for Christmas, and there began her love affair with fiber arts. Born in Northern Kentucky in 1948, Terrie attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art. Having majored in printmaking, Terrie’s first exploration of quilt making coincided with Jonathan Holstein’s 1971 exhibition, Abstract Design in American Quilts, at the Whitney Museum. Since that time, Terrie has established her reputation as one of the most important quilt makers working today through embellishment, complex compositions, and a myriad of materials and objects such as fabrics, paint, thread, buttons, and beads.