Andrea Brokenshire (AMB Fiber Art and Design) is a national and international award winning quilt artist and instructor from Round Rock, Texas. She specializes in appliquéd botanical quilts. Her love of sewing, fabric, color, and texture had been nurtured within her from an very early age. As one of five daughters, she started making apparel at age 5 which she continues to this day. In 1998 she was talked into making a quilt and found this form of art a perfect outlet of creative expression. Andrea quickly realized that her passion was appliqué. In 1999 She entered her first competition. After a catastrophic illness in 2005 she had a creative “epiphany” and in 2007 Andrea found her own voice of creative expression.
Andrea studied Zoology at Oregon State University. As a former biologist, Andrea draws her inspiration from the natural world.“I try to express the essence of a flower with fabric. The curve of a petal, the vibrancy of color and the diversity of flora to me is sexy... beautiful. For me, the creative process is a journey as essential as breathing. An expression of self. I am a professed technique junkie always try to push myself to learn new skills.”
Her Art Quilts have been featured in several Creative Art Publications including: 500 Art Quilts; Lone Stars III: Texas Quilts Today by Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant; Art Quilt Portfolio: A Natural World, An Inspiring Collection of Art Quilts by Martha Sielman; and Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Issue #430.
Andrea has participated in several gallery exhibitions including: “Textile Twists” Fiber Art exhibition at Tokyo Electron of America in Austin Texas; “Art in Fiber” show (2011,2012) at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas; “2011 Peoples Gallery” Exhibit at Austin City Hall, Austin Texas; “The Art Quilt Experience” 2011 at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York; “Fiberwerkes” 2012 Exhibition at the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists in Kerrville Texas; and the “Arte Natura” 2012 Exhibition at the Limner Gallery in Hudson New York. She has also exhibited her art quilts in many local, national and international fiber art venues including IQA International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas; Patchwork Quilt Exposition,IX, Den Haag, Netherlands; Dallas Quilt Celebration, Dallas Tx; American Quilters Society(AQS) Quilt Show,Paducah Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee; Austin Area Quilt Show, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2012.