Natalya Aikens’ art is architecturally inspired and delicately stitched. She celebrates the beauty of architecture around her. Reclaimed and repurposed materials are in her paint box. She collages and layers, sketches and stitches by hand and machine. Natalya’s camera helps her capture the beauty around her, and technology helps her rearrange what she sees. She uses her sewing machine for thread sketching and then spends many hours of hand stitching on all the intimate details.
Natalya has exhibited her work in juried shows throughout the US. She has been published in Fiber Art Now, Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Art Quilting Studio and has made appearances on Quilting Arts TV. Her art has been on the cover of Quilting Arts Calendar and has been published in Art Quilts at Play, SAQA’s Portfolio 15 – 20, and Surface Design Essentials. Her DVD workshop for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine is titled Texture Transformation: Stitch Alter Recycle. She is a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates) and SDA (Surface Design Association). Natalya earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and had a previous career in the fashion and film.
She currently lives and works in Westchester County, NY.
Look at some samples of Natalya’s work: