Fundamentally a storyteller, Patty Kennedy-Zafred's goal is to create thought provoking narratives using fabric, dyes, silkscreens, and ink to develop a visual dialogue with the viewer. The interpretation of each piece is conceived through the lens of individual experiences, memories, or perspectives. Her quilts marry a lifelong fascination with photography, history, and stitch, often reflecting faces of pride and dignity, sometimes under challenging circumstances. The intent is that the technical and physical demand creating them is lost on the audience, as they focus entirely on the nuance or intrigue of the story, transported to another time or place. These stories are an essential part of the diverse American fabric, which hopefully will touch the viewer, remind them of someone or something they may have forgotten, or compel them to linger, just a moment longer.
Patty Kennedy-Zafred has been telling stories through the medium of textiles and art quilts for over twenty years. Her prize winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines throughout her career.
Kennedy-Zafred’s work has been accepted in such major juried exhibitions, as Quilt National, Visions, Artist as Quiltmaker, Fantastic Fibers and Quilts=Art=Quilts, and has won top prizes at both International Quilt Festival and American Quilt Society competitions. Her work has also been included for exhibition in curated and invitational shows of fiberart and fine craft.
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Brian F. Henry, photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, created an NPPA award winning video regarding Kennedy-Zafred and her work. To see the video full screen, click the second icon in the upper right. View the video here: Brian F. Henry Photography