The Lunatic Fringe

Sometimes life is your art. Sometimes art is your life. But always we are, by our human nature artists. The structure we give our lives is as vital a life form as the structure we give the many ways we create.
The Lunatic Fringe is where we recognize and celebrate the wonderful art explored just in our humanity. We believe in all art. We believe it to all be "fringy" from the odd corners of our souls and our worlds.
We welcome guest blogs from all kinds of artists from fiber artists, quilters, formal arts, odd doodlers and sculpters, and those artists who sculpt in the way their lives are built. It's part of our human nature. Are you one of the Lunatic Fringe?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Laura Krasinski: Out on a Limb

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Laura's another quilter who shared images with me for the Beautiful Beast Slide Show. She wrote me this story about stretching, trying and changing that is the heart of the Lunatic Fringe.
This is "the story of making a quilt of my daughter.  It's called He Loves Me He Loves Me Not.  
I was asked by Wendy Butler Berns if I would like to participate in her exhibit for Houston.  It is called Out on a Limb. 
I jumped at the chance since I have never had a quilt in a big show before.  So she continues to tell me about the challenge and then said it had to be at least 50".... My jaw immediately dropped.  I don't think I spoke a word for a minute or so.. .. I have never made a quilt that large.  So I thought about it and decided I needed to make this.  I took a photo of my daughter leaning against a tree.  I took the photo and with the help of Wendy's technique I turned it into a 52"x64" quilt.  I added a wall so I could put her cat Mr. Snuggles sitting on it. ... During the time I was making this quilt I had some major family issues.  I really didn't think I would get it done.  But, with the help and support of family and friends I did get it done, and in time.   This was one of the best experiences of my life.    Since I have done this quilt I feel like I need to do something better and maybe bigger. ...But, I am bound and determine to continue to make beautiful quilts now that I have found my true love.  "

Her motto is "Everything will be o.k. in the end... if it's not o.k. it is not the end."

Fringe people aren't reasonable.Nor is their art.  They follow their hearts and do what their heart demands. It's loveliest when you find their people understand and hold them up in that process.

You'll find Laura Krasinski's work at


  1. This is a wonderful quilt by a very talented artist, wonderful Mom and delightful woman!!! She is definitely a rising star!!!!
    Bravo Laura!!!!