Charlotte Bird

Quiet Magic -- East Fork
"Quiet Magic: East Fork," 40" x 39.5", hand printed, hand dyed and commercial cotton, polyester thread, polyester batting, glass bead

Photo by Eric Nancarrow

Quiet Magic: East Fork

Roald Dahl wrote, “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Having ten days in the fall in the East Fork cabin was to be in the moment without timetable, to believe in magic and to find it—absorbing the color shifts from summer green through yellow and orange to red and brown; listening to the subtle sounds of the quiet; contemplating the forms, lines and shapes of the river rocks; simply breathing the varying air.

— Charlotte Bird, 2014
Photograph of artist Charlotte Bird
Charlotte Bird
Time, process and change are persistent themes in Charlotte Bird's work. Patterns, shapes and lines in the natural world fascinate her. Lichens, mosses, ferns and fungi all produce organic structures that speak of the passage of time and the changing landscape over which we humans have much responsibility. Bird, of San Diego, CA, has been a full-time studio artist for more than twenty years. Her lifelong love affair with textiles has produced contemporary wall quilts, three-dimensional sculptures, and one of a kind artist's books. She dyes, prints and silkscreens her own fabrics. Her work is represented in both public and private collections around the country including hospitals and school settings. Visit her website.
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