Textile Artist Plays Around With Color, Fabric, and Texture

Lorena Marañon’s quilts are much more than simple blankets, they’re works of improvisational art. Based in Los Angeles, her work continuously challenges the dividing lines between art and craft, with her pieces intentionally raw, emphasizing details like uneven seams, raw edges and exposed thread ends.

According to Marañon, her creative process relies on intuition and spontaneity, using geometric shapes and techniques that include repetition. The result is an abstract landscape where the hand of the artist is present, drawing attention to the texture and weight of the materials being used.

“I love exploring all sorts of possible outcomes by simply playing around with color, fabric, print, and texture,” Marañon shared with Brown Paper Bag. “I am inspired most when I’m working, and ideas come in a frenzied rush and I just have to try new ways to lay out shapes, or new ways to mix mediums,” she adds. According to her, experimentation and fun fuel her quilted projects.

“I began quilting late 2013 when working for a fabric manufacturer,” she recalled. “I’d done many digital quilt designs there and understood the basic steps and terminology, and I thought that was enough to start on a project on my own. I dove right into a king-sized quilt using that experience.”

The rest was history.

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Taking it out of wip today 🔸

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finishing one and beginning another

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"Unrequited Quilt", 33×23", 2016

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