Artist of the Month: Carrie Bloomston

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Arts Issue: April 2018
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Fabric artist Carrie Bloomston delights with whimsical prints and patterns.

photo by Victor RenCreativity is the fabric of Carrie Bloomston’s life. Her father was a clothing designer, her mother a painter and her grandmother a fashion stylist. “I always knew I was an artist,” Bloomston says. “Abstraction was intuitive to me.”

At age 12, the Alabama native started tie-dyeing T-shirts. Within a year, she was creating abstract paintings that expressed tenderness, love and awe through wild color splashes and carefree paint drips. “I needed to offload my emotions... They went into my paintings.”

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design and moving to Arizona, Bloomston spent more than a decade as a professional faux finisher, primarily creating wall textures and murals in high-end homes. It wasn’t painting the Sistine Chapel, but it paid the bills. Her business began to unravel during the 2008 housing crash, and she was drawn back to fabric.

“About eight years ago, when my daughter was in utero, she called on me to start sewing,” Bloomston says. “The modern quilting movement was in full swing, and I knew I was on the ground floor of something very big.” She sold quilts and pillows, but found success designing prints using newspaper, pencils and craft glue. Now 45, Bloomston recently released her fifth collection for Windham Fabrics, published a book on creativity, The Little Spark, and exhibited at the 2018 Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale. See her work at carriebloomston.com.

“I’m finally weaving the abstraction with this playful, childlike part of myself,” Bloomston says. “My work shows what it feels like to be alive.”