Biography

I was born with crayons in my cradle and as a "maker," I truly believe that the arts are vital to who I am and what I do. I teach. I make. I craft. I share my talents with others in both my art teaching and my works of art. I am an advocate for individuals with special needs in community arts initiatives. As a licensed clinician and educator, I continue to have the rewarding experience of using my art in hospice care centers, schools, and expressive art modalities. I have been crafting narrative art quilts since 1998, combining my love for the intuitive process of collage with fabric and thread. In 1998, I was the grateful recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. As a visual artist, I exhibit my work in a variety of galleries as well as invite my customers to consider a work of art crafted on a commission basis. I focus on making works of art and fine craft of the highest quality and craftsmanship.

"Elizabeth Garlington’s sassy, narrative quilts can hold their own anywhere."


The Atlanta Journal Constitution


ARTIST STATEMENT: THE ART QUILT

With a variety of fabrics and surface embellishments, I have merged my love of color and fine craft in the making of narrative art quilts. Using traditional machine quilt construction techniques, I craft a “blank quilted canvas” which serves as a quilted fabric support for the process of machine embroidery, appliqué, and collage techniques. I then embellish the quilt’s surface with a variety of media (composed of a variety of fabrics, cotton and metallic thread, bead and ribbon embellishments) and adornments.

The final artwork may contain a thin layer of batting, may be stretched, framed, finished off as a quilt, or fit with a rod for hanging. Although fabric and thread are a slower and more tedious medium than paint, pen and pencil, I embrace the resulting texture of layers of cloth upon cloth. I approach the embellishment of a blank quilted surface as a painter to a canvas or a collage artist to an empty collage support. I have an intuitive design process and rarely, if ever, plan the compositional details of my quilts. My ideas for an art quilt may originate from a story I read, a tale I heard, a fabric pattern I see, or even a color that I have to capture and express on quilted cloth. The resulting fabric compositions are rich in color, design savvy, and visual impact.

My narrative art quilts examine story, soul, my southern roots, and social issues. all created with fabric and thread. Aspects of traditional folk art images, narrative stories, and textile patterns drive my design process. My approach to crafting art quilts is fresh, new, and spirited in response to the ageless craft of the quilt. The combinations of color, pattern, and design that textiles offer provide me many avenues of artistic expression. The resulting fabric compositions are rich in color, design savvy, and visual impact.I have an intuitive design process and rarely, if ever, plan the compositional details of my quilts. My ideas for an art quilt may originate from a story I read, a tale I heard, a fabric pattern I see, or even a color that I have to capture and express on quilted cloth. My narrative art quilts examine story, soul, my southern roots, and social issues. all created with fabric and thread. Aspects of traditional folk art images, narrative stories, and textile patterns drive my design process. My approach to crafting art quilts is fresh, new, and spirited in response to the ageless craft of the quilt. The combinations of color, pattern, and design that textiles offer provide me many avenues of artistic expression. The resulting fabric compositions are rich in color, design savvy, and visual impact.

Artist Vitae

Arts in Medicine Selected Exhibitions

2016

Chair, G L O W  

Department of Expressive Arts Therapy, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2015

G L O W  

Department of Expressive Arts Therapy,Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Body Trauma Map      Healing Mandala

2011

Cowgirls Don’t Get No Blues © 2011 11th Annual Survivor’s Art Show. 

Sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council for Our VOICE,  Asheville, NC. Invitational

2006

Quilted Cloth: A Prayer for Healing © 2001 

St. Thomas Medical Center, Dan Rudy Cancer Center, Nashville. Permanent Collection

2004

The Passage Quilt © 2002 

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville. Bereavement Program. Ecumenical Chapel. 

Permanent Collection.

2003

Teach Your Children © 2001 

 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville.

Permanent Collection

2002

Quilted Cloth: A Prayer for Healing 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

Solo Exhibition

Fabric as Prayer, Society for Arts in Healthcare, Gainesville, FL. Invitational

Healing Story, Healing Quilt, Alive Hospice, Nashville. Solo Exhibition

2001

Gaetan Dugas as Patient Zero. Who’s Coming to Dinner? Metro AIDS Project, Charlotte, NC. 

 A multi-media collaboration consisting of found materials and AIDS/HIV educational information statistics imprinted, via surface design techniques, on quilted fabric.

Quilted Cloth: A Prayer for Healing, Society for Arts in Healthcare, Gainesville, FL. Invitational

1998

Ode to Gloria © 1997 Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington NC. Permanent Collection.

Sweet Lorraine © 1997 New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC. Permanent Collection

Selected Arts in Medicine Bibliography

Nolan, K. (2002, September 16). One Year Later: Art Helps to Heal.

The Vanderbilt Hustler, Nashville, TN.

Bon, M. (1999, May 5). Creating Comfort: Quilt Show Raises Money for Hospice.

Star News, p. 1E. Wilmington, NC.

Selected Arts in Medicine Collections

2006 Tosca’s Story © 2001 Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, NC

2005 Quilted Cloth: A Prayer for Healing © 2001 St. Thomas Medical Center, Nashville

2004 The Passage Quilt © 2002 Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville

2003 Teach Your Children © 2001 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville

1998 Ode to Gloria © 1997 Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington NC

1998 Sweet Lorraine © 1997 New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC

Selected Healing Arts Visiting Artist Presentations

2002 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN

2001 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2001 Scarritt-Bennett Center for VUMC Department of Parish Nursing, Nashville, TN

2000 Who’s Coming to Dinner? Metro AIDS Project, Charlotte, NC

1999 Gaston County AIDS Council, AIDS Memorial Quilt, Gastonia NC

1999 The AIDS Memorial Quilt/The Names Project, Sponsored by UNCC, Charlotte, NC

1998 Healing Arts Network, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC

1998 Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, NC

Selected Regional Exhibitions

2013

Textures, Haywood County Arts Council, Waynesville, NC. Invitational

2012

Focus Gallery, Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC. Invitational

2011

Parkway Craft Center, Moses Cone Manor, Southern Highland Craft Guild,

Blowing Rock, NC. Regular Gallery Representation

2010

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Asheville, NC.

Focus Gallery Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC. Invitational

Haywood Open Studio Tour (HOST), October 1-2, 2010. Haywood County, NC

2009

Art Quilts and Handmade Books, Art on Depot, Waynesville, NC. Invitational

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, October 15-18, 2009, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville.

The Art Quilt, A Better Home, exhibited thru 2010. The Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Invitational

2008

Collage on Fiber and Board, Jackson County Arts Council, Sylva, NC. Invitational

2007

Phenomena Boxes, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, NC. Invitational

The Temple Arts Festival, The Temple, Nashville. Juried

2005

The Temple Arts Festival, The Temple, Nashville. Juried

2002

ArtClectic, University School of Nashville. Juried

American Artisan Festival, Nashville. Invitational

2001

Common Threads, Madison Arts Center, Nashville. Solo Exhibition

Random Threads, Madison Arts Center, Madison, TN. Solo Exhibition

Hooped Dreams & Fabrications, The Swan Coach House & Gallery, Atlanta. Invitational.

1998

Work at Hand: Contemporary Beadwork & Quilts, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta. Juried

Art Walk: Fiber as a Medium in Southern Art, Atlanta, Juried

Artists of Southeastern North Carolina, St. John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC. Juried.

Selected Regional Collections

2005 Twelve Tribes © 2006 Temple Ohabai Shalom, Nashville

2005 Very Old Stories © 2006 Temple Ohabai Shalom, Nashville

2000 Common Threads © 1999 WTVI Public Television, Charlotte, NC

1999 My Patchwork Fish © 1998 Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta

Selected Bibliography

Davis, A. (1999, March 24). Former Buckhead Quilting Artist Revisits Swan

Coach House. The Northside Neighbor, p. 1E. Atlanta, GA.

Doba, J. (1998, January 8). When Craft Takes an Art Form. Star News, pp. 1D, 3D.

Wilmington, NC.

The Guild: Designers Sourcebook #14, Art for the Wall, Furniture, & Accessories (1998).

Doba, J. (1998, July 19). Creative Marketing. Star News, pp. 1D, 8D. Wilmington, NC.

Johnson, T. (1998, June 24). Vibrant Fiber Art on Display at Lenox Square.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, p. 2E. Atlanta, GA.

Lawrence, L. (1998, September/October). Artful Dining; Sweet Support of the Arts

in Atlanta. American Style, No. 14, p. 75. Baltimore, MD.

Leonard, P. (1998, July 31). Bead, Quilt Show Driven by Spirit of Experimentation.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, p. 1F. Atlanta, GA.

Selected Visiting Artist Presentations

2010 Southern Highland Craft Guild, Education Demonstrator

2005 Very Special Arts, Biloxi, MS

2004 The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

2002 Metropolitan-Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN

2000 Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Charlotte, NC

1999 Mint Museum of Art, for North Carolina Arts Education Association, Charlotte, NC

1999 Fiber Artists Guild of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

1998 The Swan Coach House & Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998 St. John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC