Coming from a family of women who quilted, tatted, embroidered and sewed, Margaret Merida learned fiber arts from an early age. She earned a BS degree in painting and a Masters Teaching degree from the University of Louisville and for 27 years taught high school art in Louisville.
In 1990 Merida and her husband moved to Western Kentucky where they restored an 1891 farmhouse and Merida began creating quilted fiberworks. She makes framed wall pieces, vests and jackets from a wide variety of fabrics. In her fiber work, Merida tries to achieve visual richness – working much like she did in her former paintings – building up layers of fabric to create landscapes from fabric. She then embellishes the surfaces with painted dyes, beads and trims. She quilts the work to give it a sculptural effect.
Works by Margaret Merida can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.