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While I have worked with fiber arts (papermaking, bookmaking, fabric dyeing, batik) for ten years, my interest in quilting didn't develop until 1997, when I worked with Nancy Crow's vibrant, contemporary quilts. My life changed. I learned to sew, integrating my love of color and layered fiber art into original quilt designs. My quilts use my hand-dyed fabrics, free-motion embroidery and appliqué techniques to create pieces are often referred to as three-dimensional quilted paintings.
Denise Cawley owns Pizzazz Studios. In Cawley's studio, she dyes one-of-a-kind fabrics for quilting and decorating and creates art quilts and fiber art pieces that hang in museums, galleries and private collections.
Cawley uses her long-arm quilt machine to complete quilt tops for people who want an artistic flair added to their pieces. She also lectures and gives workshops to guilds and teaches workshops throughout the U.S. Her own art uses hand-dyed fabrics and thread drawing to explore subjects in the natural environment. Cawley has been creating fiber art and dyeing fabric for more than a dozen years. She was trained at Parsons School of Design in New York City and completed her degree work at Alverno College in Milwaukee.