History Bites: The Thread – My Creative Journey
January 25, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free with Museum admission. Snacks and refreshments provided.
About Denyse Schmidt
A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has been sewing since she was a young girl. As a professional seamstress, Denyse worked on everything from tutus and bishop’s mitres to fine clothing. She brings these eclectic influences together in patchwork quilts characterized by simple graphics, rich color, and quality workmanship. Denyse makes modern functional quilts that pay homage to the traditional techniques and history of quilt making in America. Her couture and custom quilts, in production since 1996, are pieced to order in her studio and hand-quilted by Amish women. Denyse Schmidt Works, a line of machine-quilted pillows and quilts with an industrial-chic aesthetic, are made at her studio located in a historic Bridgeport, CT factory building. Denyse’s work has been exhibited at the National Quilt Museum, The New England Quilt Museum, and boutiques and galleries around the country.
Denyse grew up in central Massachusetts, surrounded by the textile mill towns prevalent in that area. She lives in Bridgeport, CT.