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About Mark Sherman
Born and raised in San Diego, California. Mark L Sherman began his quilting in 2001. His mother taught him how to sew and everything she had learned from Eleanor Burns about quilting. Since the beginning, Mark wanted to make his own quilts using his own style and concepts. As a result, he developed many unique quilting methods which he is now teaching to the quilting community.
His love for arts, history and nature has taken him many places. He started playing the piano at age six. He quit his job as a musician and moved to the Dominican Republic, where he was a Peace Corps volunteer making Spanish his second language. Upon his return to the U.S.A. he married and moved to South Florida to make raising his two kids, Sara and Matthew Sherman, his full time job.
Mark has always been into collecting antiques, plants, Tiffany windows, colors and nature. Mark dyes his own fabrics and if you have the chance to see his work you will immediately notice his obsession with bright, rich and ReMARKable colors. His quilts have received many awards featured in numerous publications (MQA Journal, American Quilters Magazine, 500 Art Quilts, to mention just a few) and art exhibits. His first stained glass quilt “Wisteria” was inspired by one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass windows, and is now part of the Permanent Founder’s Collection in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. A lot of his work is inspired by nature and his love for Stained Glass, which he has been studying for a long time now.
Before Mark became a quilter, his full time job was being a pianist/organist, certified GIA gemologist, interior designer and an entrepreneur at heart. He went from designing shoes, decorating houses in the Palm Beach/Boca Raton area, making floral arrangements for charity events to becoming a full time quilt artist. He is now doing what he loves the most: Traveling all around the world teaching and speaking. With a lot of projects, from traditional to contemporary, different techniques and designs, and a handful of ReMARKable tips, Mark L Sherman is committed to spread a message of encouragement and positivity. It doesn’t matter what type of quilter you are, he will take you to the next level of creativity by teaching you how to let the artist that lives inside yourself shine through.
Mark will be a featured guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, July 1, 2018.
About Loralie Harris
Ladies, cats, dogs chickens anyone?
Loralies's colorful friendly characters are designed to bring on a smile and stir joy in the heart! Born and raised in California, Loralie learned to sew from her creative mother and grandmother. In high school she began to sew for profit, making gowns for her friends and in college she studied costume design.
After college she opened a tiny boutique which eventually grew into an award winning wholesale apparel company making gowns for the special occasion industry. Since their inception on a doodle on a hotel pad, Loralie's fun, quirky characters have grown into a happy community spreading cheer in embroidery and fabrics around the world.
Loralie has been a featured guest on America sews with Sue Haussman, behind the seams webast. She has been a contributing writer for Designs In Machine Embroidery Magazine. Her fabric and machine embroidery have been sold around the world.
About Nancy Bednar
"Creativity made easy"
Nancy Bednar is a sewing educator, freelance instructor and author. A pas-sionate sewer since elementary school, she has explored and enjoyed many creative and practical aspects of sewing; from garment and home dec projects to bridal, special occasion sewing and a love affair with the serger. She has trained both Bernina dealers and consumers alike on all aspects of sewing with a special emphasis on garment stitching and creative machine techniques using both the sewing machine and serger.
Nancy was a regular contributor to Sewing and Serger Update Newsletters as well being published in Sew News and the Bernina publication, Through The Needle. Her published books include, Creative Serging, Innovative Applications to Get the Most from Your Serger, as well as The Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Tech-niques and Silk Ribbon Machine Embroidery. A native Midwesterner, Nancy cre-ates in her studio outside metro Chicago with her faithful canine companion as advisor. Always looking for a creative challenge, the best part of her job is helping others discover the creativity that lies within them.