Born and raised in Louisville, Marilyn Foulke has been interested in art throughout her life, particularly fiber arts and textiles. Her love of hand and machine sewing began with grade school projects and she has always been interested in color and design. In 1997, she began creating quilts, wall art and wearable art.
Mailyn’s quiltmaking is informed by her career as a mathematics teacher for over 30 years, and her love of geometry, symmetry, logic and balance. She explains, “I am a self-taught quilter, and my work is not constrained by ‘rules’ or patterns. I enjoy creating ‘outside the box’ and love to experiment with unusual embellishments and materials.”
In Marilyn’s quilted wall hangings, she uses fine quality cottons and other fabrics, sometimes hand-dyeing them to get the color she wants. Most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and use embellishments and unusual configurations. Her patterns are based on traditional designs, yet move toward a more contemporary look.
Marilyn Foulke’s quilts can be found at the Folk Art Center, Morehead, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.