Fiber artist, designer, and explorer of new ideas, Sharon L. Baker has an insatiable curiosity to explore new ideas and methods in the use of fiber in surface design. She likes to push the envelope and ask the question “What if”. For example, what if I use the wrong side of the fabric, or what if I spray bleach on the surface of satin, or what if I put this piece together using rivets instead of quilting it. The questions are endless. Exploring is a frightening, exhilarating, and tremendously satisfying endeavor.  
Sharon says of her work:

Someone once told me that the only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask, so I constantly ask myself questions when I am designing. I try to let my work be intuitive rather than contrived. I may use existing designs and quilt patterns, but I try to apply them in a random manner. I like to do the unexpected. The possible loss of a few yards of fabric is usually outweighed by wonderful results. This has been a struggle for me because of my engineering background, but I consciously push myself to break traditional boundaries.

In creating wearable art, I am like a child, who at heart still likes to play dress up. We live in a stressful world that sometimes seems to attack us from all directions. I like to think of the pieces I design and the creations of my students as the armor of sanity. You wear it and not only do you feel good, but also you give pleasure to those who see it in passing.

Sharon is a freelance designer based in Eagle, Idaho. She spent thirty years in the engineering field involved in the designing of everything from sugarcane harvesters to mechanical dinosaurs. She began quilting in 1978 when she lived in Hawaii. The whole aspect of Hawaiian quilting had a profound effect on her personal style and after experimenting with many different ideas to that first quilting experience and built on the idea of free expression in design. In 1998, she began creating wearable art as a substitute for quilting because of time constraints in her busy life. Designing wearable art using many of the principles of engineering is now her primary form of creative expression. She has taught a variety of design classes in quilt shops and at the community college level.

She is a member of the Boise Open Studio Collective Organization and her work is exhibited in competitions and galleries throughout the northwest. She was recently the featured artist in a local television documentary about quilters.
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