Lisa Ellis



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Healing Quilts

Making art quilts for healing is one of my passions. Here is a sample of recent works.

Bioartogrpahy

Stem Star
30" x 30"

"Art Under the Microscope". A collaborative project with the University of Michigan Bioartography scientists.

 

Fever Few

Fever Few
30" x 30"

Commissioned by the National Institutes of Health. On exhibit from May 2012-May 2013. Traveled with International Quilt Festival. Will be installed at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.

 

Escher's Needlepoint
30" x 30"

"Art Under the Microscope". A collaborative project with the University of Michigan Bioartography scientists.

Canna
30" x 30"

I tried a new technique using Photoshop to manipulate the photo and then printed it on fabric. The inspiration photo was taken by Craig Cramer and was used with his permission. You can check out his blog at www.remarc.com/craig/.

This piece has funky portraits of each of the 10 Brehm Coalition members: Kevan Herold, Mark Atkinson, Jeff Bluestone, George Eisenbarth, Matthias Herrath, Max Pietropaolo, Peter Arvan, Chris Rhodes, Matthias Hebrok and Mimo Accili. These scientists are working together to find the cure for Type I Diabetes. Also featured are Bill and Dee Brehm and Paul Licther. This quilt is donated to the University of Michigan.

Connecting the Dots
24.25” x” x 31.5”

This piece has funky portraits of each of the 10 Brehm Coalition members: Kevan Herold, Mark Atkinson, Jeff Bluestone, George Eisenbarth, Matthias Herrath, Max Pietropaolo, Peter Arvan, Chris Rhodes, Matthias Hebrok and Mimo Accili. These scientists are working together to find the cure for Type I Diabetes. Also featured are Bill and Dee Brehm and Paul Licther. This quilt is donated to the University of Michigan.

My husband Mike drew me this picture of the Castor Bean with colored pencils. I then scanned his drawing and printed it on fabric in various sizes. I fused the fabric appliqué and quilted it. This quilt is donated to the University of Michigan. Ricin from the Castor Bean plant is used in chemo therapies.

Castor Bean

My husband Mike drew me this picture of the Castor Bean with colored pencils. I then scanned his drawing and printed it on fabric in various sizes. I fused the fabric appliqué and quilted it. This quilt is donated to the University of Michigan. Ricin from the Castor Bean plant is used in chemo therapies.

Donated to the Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes Research and Analysis at the University of Michigan as a part of the collection from the Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends.

Beta Cell
33.5" x 28.5"

Donated to the Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes Research and Analysis at the University of Michigan as a part of the collection from the Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends.

The Chinese Letter that is quilted in the right hand corner means Faith. There are also cranes and bamboo quilted onto the surface. Donated to the Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes at the University of Michigan.

Asian Morning
35" x 35"

The Chinese Letter that is quilted in the right hand corner means Faith. There are also cranes and bamboo quilted onto the surface. Donated to the Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes at the University of Michigan.

Donated to the Vine Arts for an auction on June 12, 2005 to raise money for the Culpeper Regional Hospital and is now in a private collection.

Primrose
36" x 30"

Donated to the Vine Arts for an auction on June 12, 2005 to raise money for the Culpeper Regional Hospital and is now in a private collection.

Made for the Healing Quilts in Medicine project. Mutterkraut is used in chemo drugs. This quilt is in a permanent exhibit in the cancer wing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mutterkraut Collage
30" x 24"

Made for the Healing Quilts in Medicine project. Mutterkraut is used in chemo drugs. This quilt is in a permanent exhibit in the cancer wing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Inspired by John 15 when Jesus says," I am the vine and you are the branches." Made for the Vine Arts auction to raise money for Culpeper Regional Hospital and is in a private collection.

Late Harvest
34" x 27"

Inspired by John 15 when Jesus says," I am the vine and you are the branches." Made for the Vine Arts auction to raise money for Culpeper Regional Hospital and is in a private collection.

The quilt was made for UNIFEM (United Nations Fund for the Development of Women). It was exhibited at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 2007 and AQS Quilt Show, April 25-28, 2007. It was auctioned off on June 22, 2007 and is now in the private collection of author Neale Godfrey.

Rajua (meaning to give home in Swahili)
47" x 56"

The quilt was made for UNIFEM (United Nations Fund for the Development of Women). It was exhibited at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 2007 and AQS Quilt Show, April 25-28, 2007. It was auctioned off on June 22, 2007 and is now in the private collection of author Neale Godfrey.


Priority Quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

This piece is dedicated to my grandmother who lived just past 100.

Wild Fires
"9" x 12"

This piece is dedicated to my grandmother who lived just past 100.

This piece was for a special auction depicting Alzheimer's. My sister-in-law purchased it in honor of her step-dad.

Blessed Are the Caregivers
"9" x 12"

This piece was for a special auction depicting Alzheimer's. My sister-in-law purchased it in honor of her step-dad.


This piece is dedicated to Debbie who has early onset Alzheimer's.


Running Out of Time
"9" x 12"

With this disease we are always racing against the clock.
“I hope Grandma will still recognize John when he graduates in two years.”
“I hope Amy gets married before Auntie is too confused to travel.”
“If only there would be a new treatment before Grandpa gets any worse”.
For Debbie, my friend, we are out of time. She needs to be moved now to Assisted Living. The cure did not come in time for her.
I chose the purple thread for Alzheimer’s awareness. The thread is fading as the time is running out. The grey fabrics symbolize the shadows of memories that are left.

 

This piece is dedicated to Debbie who has early onset Alzheimer's.

This piece is dedicated to my grandmother who lived just past 100.

Garden
"9" x 12"

This piece is dedicated to my grandmother who lived just past 100.


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