by William T. Beverly, Ph.D.
LA VETA- Judith Baker Montano has recently published her twelfth book, Fibreart Montage, Combining Quilting, Embroidery and Photography With Embellishments. The publisher is Dragon Threads.
Baker Montano has won two major book awards for the book: the International Book Awards for 2010 for the most outstanding book in the Craft/ Hobbies/How-to category and the Benjamin Franklin Awards recognizing excellence in independent book publishing as the most outstanding art-how-to book for 2010.
The book is a hardcover spiral-bound book full of beautiful photography and step by step instructions. There are nine different subjects: crazy quilting, photography, computer skills, watercolor painting, land/seascapes, underwater, collages, embroidery and dying fabrics. Baker Montano guides the reader through the steps she takes to make mixed-media pieces.
According to Baker Montano, "This is a great validation for my book as well as for publisher Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads Inc. because we were up against hundreds of entries." In her career she has moved from painting to quilting to crazy quilting to embellished embroidery artwork and into land/seascapes and underwater projects. Although her work keeps evolving, crazy quilting always appears in new designs, and she has turned it into a contemporary art form. She is renowned for her fibre landscapes, which incorporate all aspects of art and needlework techniques.
Among other places, Baker Montano’s work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, Profiles Gallery in Canada, and the Mitskoshi Department Show in Japan. She has been a guest artist at many Stitches and Craft Trade shows throughout Australia, at the Tokyo Hobby Shows in Japan, at Profiles and Visions in Canada and at the La Conner Quilt Museum in Washington.
She is an associate editor for Belle Armoire, Art to Wear. Her art garments have traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. She has won many awards for art garments and soft jewelry pieces and designs for Butterick/ Vogue, Bucilla Company, Mokuba Ribbons of Tokyo, Japan Fox Hill Designs, Treenway Silks, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Her teaching has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Her classes are varied and include clothing design, crazy quilting, embellishments, silk ribbon embroidery and fiber landscape designs.
Baker Montano offers seminars in her private studio in La Veta. The seminars are limited to six students and are offered eight times from May through September. Book information and class schedules may be found at www.judithbakermontano.com.