I’m Shelby. I’m a quilt alchemist, a fine artist and queer femme living in Northern Colorado.
I have been driven by my creative impulses my entire life. At 6, I started making collages from magazines on my bedroom walls. At 11, my mother taught me to sew. In high school, I made my own clothes and spent a lot of time working with wet lab photo processes as well as web and digital art.
In 2007, I received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Art Institute of Boston (now the College of Art and Design at Lesley University) where I studied photography, booking making and art history. While there, I made photographic and book-based work about mental illness, place and the intersections of personal and national history.
Currently, I make quilts that are a nod to quilting’s rich history while honoring my personal aesthetics and interests. I hand quilt all of my quilts; I find the repetitive and labor intensive process soothes my anxiety. I serve on the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild’s board of directors as Web Coordinator and am chairperson of the guild’s 2017 exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
I spend my spare time swimming, reading, walking in nature and hanging out with the people I adore. I want to build a creative empire, travel, get an MFA and publish a book.