Hi, my name is Judith Ahlborn. I was raised in a family of artists, and have loved art and being creative since I was a child.
I studied fine art at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, and finished my degree in Textiles and Clothing at the University of Kentucky. After retiring from a career in computers and information technology, I now concentrate on my artistic roots.
Photos by Carla Linneman
I found my niche in textile art and mixed media, and combine my love of painting, sewing, and computer technology in my work. By using my computer to design and alter images, I transfer them to fabric and then stitch them to create unique works. I sometimes add paint to enhance the colors or add a touch of metallic. I work in various design programs including Kaleidoscope Kreator, Repper Pro, Photoshop Elements, and various photo filter programs. I have recently started using Procreate on the iPad. I currently teach Photoshop Elements classes to quilters and textile artists.
Over the years my favorite subjects have been birds, flowers, butterflies, and kaleidoscopes. Branching out and getting inspiration from the works of some of my favorite artists, I have added a few portraits to my oeuvre. I enjoy travelling and creating works that reflect the architecture and street views from my favorite parts of the world. Lastly, I come from a gymnastic and aerial acrobatics family so occasionally I will incorporate dance or acrobatic themes into my work.
I currently teach monthly Photoshop Elements classes to quilters and textile artists. If you have a group of 4 to 8 people who would like to learn the basics of Photoshop Elements, please contact me to set up a class. I can also do one on one consultations for a specific project you may be working on.
If your quilt group or guild is looking for a speaker, I would be happy to give a one hour presentation and slideshow on using home computer technology and printing to fabric.
With a paid membership you can watch me on Episode 2110 of The Quilt Show starring Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I perform three demos: my Translucent Layering technique, my Satin Stitch edge finishing, and creating checked and striped fabrics using Photoshop Elements.