Birgit grew up in a home with fiber artists. Both grandmothers taught traditional handiwork and sewing. Her mother was a professional seamstress involved in tailoring, dressmaking, and drapery work. With that background, Birgit took an early interest in fiber arts. She graduated from Vermont College with a degree in art therapy and art education. She spent many years in the 80’s developing new techniques, then traveling the country teaching her techniques at conferences, workshops, seminars and trade shows.
Birgit took a break from teaching to gain more education and to work in the Lutheran church. During this time, Birgit experimented on techniques for art quilting and is now happy to share those techniques with others. Her current art quilt passions run in two directions. One is Quiltustration – a combination of techniques she uses to combine pen and ink illustrations using ink and markers, ink jet printer techniques, and thread painting on quilts. These techniques are used for portraits and word quilts.
The other direction that she has explored in depth is mandala design. Combining several fun techniques, she uses the mandala form to tell stories and to make “a quilt in a circle”.
Birgit’s award-winning work has been exhibited internationally.
Beyond fiber arts, Birgit is married and enjoys semi- retirement with her husband, Jim. They love to cook, garden and make music with a community chorale. Birgit, a classically trained harpist, loves working with her harp students.