Biography

Elizabeth S. Gurrier

Designer-Craftsman

Background: Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 1930. Received a B.A. in Art History, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. Spent two years in New York City business world, taking evening courses in copper enameling, ceramics and silk screening.

Married and moved to West Hartford, CT...raised three children. Did graduate work in education at St. Joseph College, West Hartford, and continued courses in design, figure study and sculpture at the University of Hartford. Exhibited sculpture in juried shows and galleries in Connecticut.

Before moving to New Hampshire, a stichery seminar sent her in a new direction: soft figures and quilts. After several years working with colored fabrics, she began imposing a new discipline--that of designing strictly with off-white fabrics, primarily unbleached muslin. Only the most soft and subtle touches of color were introduced in her stitchery. Both hand and machine stichery were used, along with quilting, trapunto and stuffing. The effect was to create light and shade as a "hard" suclptor would do. Without the emotional impact of color, the essence of the design became the interplay between texture and form.

In the late 1980s, she began working in a new direction--designing one-of-a-kind wall hangings in color. She uses textile paints and quilting on cotton and silk. Now, she continues her work on wall hangings in color.


Museums and galleries where her work has been exhibited include:

  • De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell, NY
  • University of Pittsburgh Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
  • Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH

Permanent collections of her work are exhibited at:

  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
  • American Craft Museum, New York, NY
  • North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
  • International Quilt Study Center at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, NH
  • Chubb Insurance Company, Corporate headquarters, Concord, NH
  • The Taylor Group, Bedford, NH
  • York Hospital, York, ME

Touring Shows in which her work has been exhibited include:

  • Province of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia--a one-woman touring show
  • American Craft Museum
  • National Embroiderers Guild
  • Renwick Gallery
  • International Exhibition Foundation
  • Quilt National

National Shows where she exhibited for many years include:

  • American Crafts Enterprises (ACE) Rhinebeck Fair
  • ACE Baltimore Winter Market

Juries and lectures:

  • Taught workshops, lectured and acted on many jury panels in the USA and Canada.
  • Served on the New Hampshire Percent for Art Selection Committee for public buildings.

Publications in which here work is shown include:

  • The Art Quilt,
    Robert Shaw, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc.
  • The Complete Book of Machine Quilting,
    Robbie & Tony Fanning, Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA
  • The Fiber Arts Design Book,
    Hastings House Publishers, New York, NY
  • Soft Sculpture,
    Carolyn Vosburg Hall, Davis Publishing, Inc. Worcester MA
  • The Quiltmaker's Handbook,
    Michael James, Prentice Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs NJ
  • The Sewing Machine Craft Book,
    Carolyn Vosburg Hall, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, NY
  • The Second Quiltmaker's Handbook,
    Michael James, Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Quilting, Patchwork, Applique, & Trapunto,
    Thalma R. Newman, Crown Publishers Inc., New York, NY
  • American Crafts,
    Katherine Pearson, Stewart Tabori & Chang, New York, NY