|Mark at a recent meeting|
Here is what Mark shared about himself with our Program Chairperson Pam:
I am 34 years old, I am 6'5" tall, I have been married to my lovely wife Samantha for going on 6 years, and we have a 3 year old named Asher and another one on the way in August. I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University, where I am studying Art education. I hold a degree in Animation and Character design, and I have worked as a graphic designer, pressman, and substitute teacher. I have taken multiple classes on color theory, design and art history.
When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting when Samantha and I were first dating, sometime around 2008. My first foray into quilting was a log cabin quilt Samantha and I made for my mother for Christmas.
Why do I Quilt?
I quilt because I enjoy beautiful things, and I enjoy creating beautiful things. Quilting is just another outlet for my creativity, and the thing I really love about it is the endless possibilities.
What new technique are you hoping to learn this year?
I have never paper pieced in my life, so I am hoping to figure that out because I see the value in such a technique.
Why Modern Quilting?
The thing I love about modern quilting is how it defies all the traditional rules. It appeals to the rule breaker in my soul, and allows for more controversy, and free form creativity. I enjoy taking a design from my head and working out how to make that design into a quilt.
What is your favorite sewing or quilting tool?
Lately, my seam ripper is my most used tool, but I like the quick curve ruler, and the equilateral triangle ruler currently.
Why did I join the GLMQG?
I joined GLMQG because I was looking for like minded people in regards to quilting. All the other groups I found were very traditional in their quilting methods, while these groups have value, they were not for me. In perfect honesty I needed a group that would not look at me in a funny way for being a male quilter. You would be surprised how many jeers I get from men when I wear my "Real Men Quilt" shirt around town.
What random fun fact about yourself can you share?
By fun fact I am assuming utterly embarrassing...well I give you a few. I read fantasy novels almost exclusively, I was 10lbs 5oz and 24" long when I was born, I was voted class clown in high school, I played college basketball, and I can blow spit bubbles.