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Noted US fibre-artist donates work to UNICEF

US artist Sharon Meares Commins' art quilt, entitled 'What is Essential', hangs in UNICEF House. The quilt features a floating heart amidst an array of vibrant colours. It was created in tribute to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF's wo

NEW YORK, 4 April 2002 -- Sharon Meares Commins, a noted US fibre-artist, has donated one of her works to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The art quilt, entitled "What is Essential" hangs at UNICEF's Headquarters office in New York.

"This is the best place for it. More people will see the work here than anywhere else," said Ms. Commins at a ceremony today to honour the artist in New York.

Ms. Commins has always been interested in human rights. Her art quilt, "What is Essential," reflects what UNICEF does. "It is the passion, the heart," she says, referring to UNICEF's work to uphold the rights of children.

"Protecting children from becoming child soldiers, ensuring the well-being of future generations, these ideals were the inspiration for the quilt."

US artist Sharon Meares Commins beside her art quilt, 'What is Essential.'

About the artist

Sharon Meares Commins' dynamic use of colour from her art quilts to her wearables have made her works distinctive throughout the industry. Her vision incorporates her own ultra-brilliant dye painted, marbled and hand painted fabrics. Her design inspirations are current events, her garden, and life with her family.

Before working with fibre, Commins was a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Her fine arts background includes drawings, painting, and paper sculptures.

She began exhibiting at shows in 1991 and by 1993 had won her first major award for her art garment Helianthus at Bazaar Del Mundo Fabric Fantasies, one of the nation's premier wearable art shows.

Her quilt, "Swelter," won a Bronze award at the 1998 Quilt Nihon, in Tokyo, Japan.

Her works appear in Fiberarts Design Book Six and in Quilt National '01.

A graduate of UCLA, Commins lives in Los Angeles with her family and four cats.

More about Sharon Commins' work (external link--UNICEF has no control over content or availability).



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