Eileen Doughty loves the concept of “place” and so her preferred subject matter is the landscape. Her degree in cartography has been useful in designing her art quilts, since designing maps also relies on understanding how people view and interpret colors and symbols.
The tactile nature of quilts is explored and celebrated in Eileen’s art. She uses “thread sketching” to convey the image into the textile medium, her hands freely moving the fabric while the needle and thread act as a paintbrush. Details are added with surface design techniques such as painting, collage, discharging, and stamping, often on nontraditional fabrics.
Eileen learned quilting in 1987, and by 1991 had her own business making commissioned landscape art quilts. She is currently chairperson of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, and is the website coordinator for Studio Art Quilt Associates. Her fiber art has been exhibited in numerous art shows, and at corporate venues. They are in private, government and corporate collections in the United States and Japan.