Lorena Marañon’s creative process requires intuition as much as it requires planning – and sometimes, even more. Known for her colorful quilts, each piece is imbued with spontaneity, with one step dictating the next. “I love exploring all sorts of possible outcomes by simply playing around with color, fabric, print, and texture,” explained the Los Angeles based artist and designer in an interview with Brown Paper Bag.
Inspiration comes during the work itself, with ideas rushing in as she arranges and then re-arranges the pieces of fabric. “Experimentation and fun definitely fuel my quilted projects, and that has to be the reason I’ve fallen in love with it,” she reflects.
“I began quilting late 2013 when working for a fabric manufacturer,” she recalls. “I’d done many digital quilt designs there and understood the basic steps and terminology, and I thought that was enough to start on a project on my own. I dove right into a king-sized quilt using that experience.” Her love affair with textile art has grown steadily stronger ever since.
Though abstract, the finished quilts present a colorful landscape that is dictated by patterns and shapes. Uneven seams, raw edges, and exposed thread ends aren’t tucked away nicely but rather highlighted, with the hand of the artist present in every detail. These marks, notes Marañon, become the signifiers of reactionary behaviors and moods specific to each piece and its materials. Enjoy some of her work in the gallery below: