By: Lisa Gabbert
The sensory aspects of fabric, particularly its color, hand, and the ways ill which it is used are aspects of tile creative process in quilting that deserve greater scholarly attention. Emphasizing the sensory rather than the philosophical meanings of the term “aesthetic,” this paper looks at the relationship between creativity, sensory experience, and artistic medium in a group of quilters in central Idaho. Drawing primarily on the words of the quilters themselves, this research suggests that the look, hand, and particular way of manipulating fabric in quilting are key creative stimuli. This study also suggests that the relationship and response of the artist to her/his chosen material constitutes a basic dynamic without which creativity cannot emerge and art cannot be produced.