Menominee, Mich., quilt artist gains following
- Article by: MIKE DESOTELL
- Associated Press
- October 26, 2013 - 11:05 PM
MENOMINEE, Mich. — Hair dresser, artist, celebrity, Laurie Ceesay of Menominee is making quite a name for herself.
A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout, Ceesay has a degree in clothing, textiles and design and has been quilting for 30 years. While she's going strong now, there was a time when her desire to churn out quilts simply died.
"I did traditional quilts but got bored with that," she told the EagleHerald of Marinette ( http://bit.ly/19nzwNl ). "I just quit doing it because I didn't know what to do anymore."
Then in 2005 she discovered art quilts. When she saw that she could draw her own designs, the creative juices started flowing and she hasn't looked back since.
Another surge came in 2007 when she moved from Appleton to Menominee. She currently works part-time at Pizazz salon and Pine Tree Quilts. Those two jobs, she said, help give her the creative inspiration she needs to turn out award-winning designs.
"I like to do art quilts of people, specifically women with hair, makeup and fashion," she said. "In-between life and my two jobs, it takes me about two weeks to complete a quilt. I'm always doing something."
In 2009, Ceesay started teaching her methods to others through quilt shows, guilds and expos.
This summer she gave a demonstration at a quilt show in Chicago. The organizer was so taken by her quilts she emailed her a couple weeks later and asked if she'd like to be on her TV show.
"It's like a cooking show. You have to have some demos and you have to have a finished product," said Ceesay. As she found out, there was a little more to the TV appearance than just showing up.
"They tell you what to wear," she said. "Don't wear black, don't wear white and they even tell you what to do with your fingernails."
In mid-September, Ceesay traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to tape a couple segments for "Quilting Arts TV," which airs locally on PBS Channel 38 Saturday mornings. The new series begins at the end of January.
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