Lura Schwarz Smith - Fabric Artist

Seams a Lot Like Degas

As an artist, I am interested in merging my art background with quilting techniques and to explore those potentials, in the effort to express the inner life through fabric art. As a teacher, my interest is to share those techniques, and more importantly, to encourage students to validate their own art nature, and find their own unique expression of art in their quilt work, no matter what style they choose.


Above is one
of the postcards
I contributed to
Fiberarts for a Cause.

Fiberart for a Cause
Fiber artists from around the world have donated more than 2,400 fiberart postcards to raise funds for the American Cancer Society at International Quilt Festival-Houston. Choose a wonderful fiberart postcard for each $30 donation to the American Cancer Society. Payment is BY CHECK to the ACS with 100% of funds raised donated to the ACS. The first 1000 patrons will receive a special ribbon: Postcards Battle Cancer.

The Fiberart for a Cause booth will be on the Main Aisle in Special Exhibits. Karey Bresenhan, Director of International Quilt Festival - Houston and Chicago, is the Honorary Chairperson of FFAC and has generously donated the ribbons, 60' of booth space and all the display materials for the postcards. Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $53,000 and our goal for IQF-Houston is to raise the total to $100,000 donated to the ACS in only eighteen months.

Visit Fiberart Website for a preview of the fiberart postcards and more information.

Gallery of New Work
In 2005, I joined the California Fiber Artists We have been scheduling and showing work at galleries and museums by a diverse group of fiber artists. To see some of my new gallery-sized work, go to my Gallery.

New Online Store
My online store is up and running at last! You can shop online with Paypal, or you can email me for totals and shipping costs if you prefer to pay by check or money order. There will be periodic updates and additions to my store, and I do plan to post some smaller wall quilts for sale, so you may wish to check back later. Click here to visit my store.

Arts Visalia Show
I'm very excited to be participating in a three-person show December 5 - 30, 2006 at the Arts Visalia center. "Women in Harmony" will feature Vivian Aumond-Capone with textile arts and gourds, Julie Mitchell with spirit figures, and my art quilts. The opening reception will be December 8, 6-8 p.m., 214 E. Oak Street, Visalia, CA. For more information, call (559) 739-0905, or visit It's a beautiful art center, right in charming downtown Visalia -- great restaurants and shops nearby. I hope to see you there.

Sierra Art Trails
Sierra Art Trails this year will be the weekend of October 14-15, 2006. The preview exhibit at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, CA, will be September 16-October 16th, with opening reception Saturday, September 24, 4-8 p.m. Art Trails weekend I'll be showing this year in Ahwahnee at Steven Houts' studio with several other artists, including my husband with his photo art canvases. For more information, visit It's a great time to visit art in the mountain communities - I hope you can come.

Fall 2006 at Art Quilt Tahoe
At the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley I will be teaching Nov. 5-10 at Art Quilt Tahoe, Session One. In "The Personal Art Quilt: Your Images in Fabric" students will incorporate images from their own photographs or drawings into a master pattern for an art quilt. Techniques of inking, shading, free-form curved machine piecing and distorting of traditional blocks will be explored, with in-depth assistance in rendering and shading. To find out more, please visit

2007 at Asilomar
I will be teaching two sessions of the five-day workshops, Art Images to Fabric, at the Empty Spools Seminars. The workshop will be for intermediate to advanced quilters. Working with images of your choice, the class shows you how to produce a small art quilt top from your own photographs or drawings while learning to draft distorted traditional blocks, and to construct textures with a free-form paperless curved piecing technique. Also experience in-depth shading techniques with fabric inks and paints. To find out more, please visit

PBS - A Century of Quilts
In 1999, when the International Quilt Festival in Houston conducted the ultimate search to find 100 of the most acclaimed quilts of the 20th Century, PBS did a special documentary quilters and to record the stories of a Century of Quilts. Their website features a clip of the interview I did for the program, talking about the techniques I use when quilting.

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My first art quilt was done for my final project in senior painting class at San Francisco State University, where I received a B.A. in art, emphasis in painting and drawing, in 1975.

Dancing Peace - detail

During that senior year, I began to be interested in the possibilities of fabric and quilting as an art medium, and have continued to explore this.

During the eighties, unaware of the existence of the quilt world, I produced, exhibited and sold work through several galleries in Sausalito, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, California, interspersed with graphic and illustration work. In the early nineties, I joined a quilt guild and have been since working within the network of the quilt world, both as a quiltmaker and a teacher. I have explored various techniques of getting images onto fabric, such as photocopying and screening methods. Most recently I have been using ink that is painted directly onto the fabric. In construction as well I like working as directly as possible on the fabric, often using free-form machine piecing without pattern or template.

In my gallery, you can view samples of both my quilts as well as some of my illustration work.



Lura with some of her studentsI offer several different classes which emphasize individual applications of techniques to the students' own projects, and encourage the exploration and validation of our own art nature as expressed through our quiltmaking. These classes are geared for the non-artist, and give students the tools and techniques they needhelp students to design and produce original art quilts with images they choose. I also offer several programs which include trunk shows.

Ne I have added a gallery of student work from my classes. It includes samples from Asilomar 2003 and Asilomar 2004, in addition to works done during my one and two day classes.



My bio covers both my background in art as well as my evolving interest in the quilt world. There is also a list of shows and exhibitions as well as selected publications with my quilt and illustration work.


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