Irene Roderick


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Mentoring Emerging Artists
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MEDIUM: Textiles | Quilting
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique

I am interested in giving emerging artists permission to create through experimentation and play. My current medium is quilting that is informed by 45 years experience as a painter.

In the group, we will focus on design – color, value, movement, balance, unity – all the principles of design, but also encourage everyone to break the rules.

We will discuss the importance of asking “what if” and trying new things. Our discussions will be about quilting as art.

Critiques will focus on technical/practical issues, formal composition and ideas or concepts and how to achieve them in your work.

I will encourage and give tips on how to approach a studio practice, work in series, enter exhibitions.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.

Specialty: ✔ Technique 



Studio Setup for Art Production





Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend

Providing Critiques



Artist Statement & CV



Pricing Artwork


Studio Time Management

“Mastrius is a perfect balance of accountability, community and fun.
It feels like family. Family that makes you a better you.”

~ Elizabeth, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

My artwork is grounded in the textile arts, focused on quilt making and fabric dyeing. I am trained as a painter and I have always been interested in pattern and color and how these elements can evoke emotional and political responses. A few years ago, I encountered modern quilting and loved the idea of making a “utilitarian painting.”

I learned to quilt and accidentally discovered improvisational quilting, an intuitive, spontaneous process I call “dancing with the wall.”

The technique opened up a new-found creativity for me. This work is entirely intuitive and visceral. I begin by placing a scrap of fabric in the center of my design wall and then grow the quilt one element at a time, responding to each “step” until it feels balanced, interesting and joyful. When I begin, I do not know what is going to happen but create through trial and error, literally dancing between the wall, the cutting mat, the sewing machine and the iron.

Through this act of making, I have learned to embrace the joy of creative intuition, spontaneous expression, and a blind trust in process.