Colleen Kole creates contemporary textile quilts composed of her richly colored, hand-dyed fabrics. Her work is abstract and draws inspiration from architectural elements, the vivid colors of nature and repetitive patterning. She works in an improvisational manner with bold geometric shape and line, with the process informing the outcome.
Colleen has been a studio artist for over ten years, exhibiting her work locally, nationally and now internationally in both juried and invitational shows. Her current series, “Time Fragments”, is reflective of her patient interactions as a Physical Therapist and her intrigue with memory and memory loss.
Attendance at numerous intensive workshops for surface design and art have formed and fueled Colleen’s passion for textiles. She is a currently a member of the Studio Art Quilt Association and the Surface Design Association.
Colleen graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy . After a rewarding 20 year career in Physical Therapy, she transitioned to her studio as a full time artist. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, she resides there with her husband and three children. Vermont is also a place called home by Colleen and her family.