Sally Sellers has been making textiles since 1989, when corporate downsizing forced her to channel her obsessive tendencies into art quilts. Her work is best characterized by her passion for pattern and repetition as well as her love of color. Gradually, Sellers began to move away from the straight lines which characterized traditional quilts, opting instead for slightly skewed units which had the ability to simultaneously intrigue and soothe. She ventured further into abstraction to create pieces that are best described as collages on canvas.
Sellers makes her images with whatever material fits the bill, be it silk, denim, velvet upholstery, hand-dyed cotton, repurposed clothing, or stained linens. Although initially averse to detailed handwork, she began embellishing her work with beads, pearls, discarded electronic components, and interesting items from the hardware store. The range of fabric and texture on the larger pieces can be mind-boggling. An oft-used image of hers is the house, which she says she loves “both for its emotional content and its geometric joy.” Her work offers solid evidence of the human being who made it.
Over the years, Sellers has been juried into all the major textile competitions, including Quilt National, Visions, Fiberart International, and the Museum of American Folk Art’s Quilted Constructions. Her work has been featured in dozens of publications and is included in more than forty public collections.