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About Amy

Artist Statement

"Everyone is creative. We all have an artist within us. My creativity is portrayed in my quilting and fabric dyeing. Like all artists, I am inspired and influenced by my experiences and the world around me. Sometimes my quilting is about having fun. Other times it is about making a statement. When I discovered quilting, I was thrilled to have found my passion. I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

I have two bodies of fiber art, both of which can be described as contemporary art quilts.  The first group includes primarily whole cloth pieces where I apply acrylic paint and pastels to duck cloth, layer it with batting and then machine quilt the layers to add an additional dimension and more texture to the piece.  The second body uses my hand-dyed fabrics.  The fabrics are cut and fused together, layered and machine or hand quilted.

My work is filled with bright, energetic colors and the intuitive nature of the work results in optimistic and bold pieces. The abstract designs allow space for the viewer’s imagination and life experiences to play a role in the meaning and interpretation of each piece".

-Amy Climer


Amy Climer was born in Orlando, FL and in 2001 after finishing an M.S. degree in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire moved to the Madison, WI.  She was introduced to quilting and fiber art in 1998 and since then has studied graphic design and photography at Madison Area Technical College and taken numerous art classes.  She exhibits locally and nationally in art and quilt shows, art fairs, and galleries.  She teaches and lectures on fiber art, fabric dyeing, and creativity to both adults and youth.  Her work can be found in several private collections.  In addition, she is an outdoor educator teaching sea kayaking, rock climbing, and caving and has a consulting and training business called Climer Consulting.

Selected exhibitions:

  • In Our Heads, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI, March 1-8, 2010
  • Madison area Open Art Studio, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Madison Arts Commission, Mayor’s Office, July – September 2007
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Association, 2007
  • Women’s Words, Women’s Work, Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI, Feb 1- 23, 2007
  • Tear. Glue. Paint. Stitch. Nap, Madison, WI, November 8, 2006 – January 7, 2006
  • Through Our Eyes: Quilts and Fiber Arts from the LGBT Community, Milwaukee, WI, April – June 2006
  • Recent Works, Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI, November 2005
  • Improvisations, Overture Center, Madison, WI, July – September 2005
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Association, 2005, second place - fiber art amateur
  • Small Works II B, Professional Art Quilters Alliance Traveling Exhibit, January 2003- April 2005
  • PAQA Post, Professional Art Quilters Alliance Traveling Exhibit, January 2002 – July 2004
  • PULSE, University of Wisconsin – Madison, May 2003
  • Design, University of Wisconsin – Madison, April 2003


Amy at the Through Our Eyes Exhbiti

Amy in front of the Through Our Eyes promotional poster, featuring her quilt Soda Pop Fizz.



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