I have spent 25 years making traditional quilts. I love those pieces, and like most people who create, you can look back and see the evolution of your tastes, and a general improvement in technique.
When art quilts first started appearing in shows and publications, I looked at many of those pieces and admired them, but didn't have the technical skill set to make them. Art quilts are both a personal statement of vision paired with a technique used to express them.
As my 'toolbox' of skills has grown, my ability to express my own voice is likewise growing. Below is a close up photo of my quilt "Flourish." This piece was photo based, and I would like to thank Mattie Bryant, who generously allowed me to interpret her image in fabric. It is enhanced with textile paint in places, and is raw edge fused.