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Wendy Mamattah is owner of Braid and Stitch, Wendy is an internationally Published and  recognized award winning quilt and textile artist, she is also a journalist, art blogger and quilt pattern designer. Her works and patterns have been featured internationally in American Quilter magazine and on the Quilt show With Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She resides currently in Portland Oregon.
 
Wendy is from Ghana in West Africa, and has always loved working with fabrics. She recalls as a child at age five in primary school, she received prizes for needlework instead of English or Geography which made her realize that there was a part inside of her that loved to create.
 
Wendy’s works to date have mainly been featured in International reach magazines, E magazines, major news publications and blogs, her works have hang in galleries in the Pacific Northwest. Wendy's works continue to evolve in both subject matter and technique, recurring throughout in strong, clear color, texture, visual impact, and meticulous detail. She loves the colors of nature, those colors that can be imposed on the real world to see it in a new way.
 
In 2015 Wendy has began to incorporate African inspired clothing into her BRAND LIST as she calls it, she goes, "Its the next big thing on my VIsion Board" "We need to build authentic African fashion right here in the USA with no limits! just saying"
 
Talk to Wendy, and she tells you her day starts with her creativity kicking right in, and then she just dances with fabric, she adds “I love that!” she passionately shares that Creativity in some form is inherent in every individual, and adds, “you just have to wake it up sometimes, there are lots of people who have let their creativity go to sleep and just cannot find a way to wake it up, and that is not good, since it lets the fire in you die while you are still alive”.
 
Wendy’s works in Silhouette applique depict a lot of Africa and dance. She also works in other mediums such Impressionistic art also known in art quilting as the Confetti technique, the rest are painted  quilted abstract, Mosaic, and her stunning under water pieces. Wendy is open to create commissioned art quilts, specifically to fit a customer’s description and taste, each of her art works is a unique original piece.
 
 

AWARDS
Winner.  Under the African Waters. Winner. 1st place winner.  (1st time entrant category) 
 The Sharon Guthrei Award for Innovative Machine Quilting. March 2010
 
Winner.  Masai. 1st  place Winner.  Innovative category.   North  West Quilters Guild Expo. March 2011.
Winner.  Masai. Presidents Choice.  North West Quilters Guild Expo. March 2011

 

Winner.  Rhythms of Africa.

1st place Winner, North West quilters Guild Expo. 2012 Portland Oregon.

 

Winner

Best In gallery exhibit & Curators Choice Award.

 Rhythms of Africa.  Featured in the Exhibit  'Many Faces of Africa'

 Guistina Gallery, Oregon State University Corvallis Oregon March 2013

 

Natures Splendor.   Juried into  'A bit of Sunshine Exhibit'   From an artists palette,  at the Guistina Gallery.  

Oregon State University.  La Selles Stewart Center.  May 2nd through 29th,  2013.

 Featured in  'An Invitational'  Featuring Willamette Valley Artists.   

Clarence Bogle. Howard Bruner. Nancy Bryant. Susan Johnson. Lee Kitzman. 

Wendy Mamattah. Kris Mitchell.  Mike Rangner. Beatrice Rubenfeld.  Paul Zege     
 
PRESS.
HOT NEWS!!
Episode~ Magic inch quilts. 
SEWING WITH NANCY.
http://www.pbs.org/video/2365879745/
Featured as a Nancy's Corner Guest.
Featured Quilts~ Celebration, Masai Journey, African Dance and Gone Scuba diving.
A Zieman Production Segment.
Aired on PBS on December 26th 2016.
 
                       
Published.
American Quilter magazine, September 2015.
Published Pattern ~ DANCE.
Featured in a four page spread.
 
Episode 1412. The Quilt show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims
Published. I can’t believe it’s pieced.
Aired June 9th 2014.
 
Published.
Oregonian. Oregon Home and Garden Section.
Oregon quilts made by hand and given away with love. 
Published December 12th 2013. Updated March 21st 2014.
Featured Quilt.  Dancers. In Private Collection of Robert and Maureen Orr Eldred.
 
Published.
Daily Barometer, March 11, 2013. Oregon State University.
Best in Gallery and Curators Choice Award.
Art  Quilt ~ Rhythms of Africa.
Cultural Exhibit Shows  'The Many faces of Africa'
 
Published Speaker.  
The Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ) August 25th  2012.
Out of Africa.  Story of Adinkra.  A presentation by Wendy Mamattah.
 
Published. 
Quiltposium magazine. Out of Africa Story of Adinkra.
 A Presentation by Wendy Mamattah.
Featured in a seven page spread. Spring/Summer issue 2012.
 
Published.
Featured Speaker.
North West Quilters Guild show  March  31st,  2012.
Lecture. Out of Africa. Story of Adinkra.  A  Presentation by Wendy Mamattah.
 
Published.  
Quiltposium magazine. The art of Quilting. Fall 2011.
Featured in an eight page spread.
 
Published.
In My Own Words.  Sew On E Magazine.  
Episode 10.  March 2011
 
Published.
Featured Artist.
Columbia River Sewing.  The greater Portland area’s chapter of the American Sewing Guild. September 17th 2011. 
Hosted this fundraiser for Sewing Hope, Fount of Mercy’s Vocational Development program.
This Program teaches women in Uganda to sew as a means to support families.
 
Published. 
Subversive Stitchers Women armed with needles.
Wendy Mamattah sees beauty even in oil spills! July 18th 2010.
 
Published.   
The Patchword. North West Quilters Guild magazine as a first time entrant Quilter. April 2010.
Received the Original Sharon Guthrie Award prize for Innovative machine Quilting.
Winning Quilt.  Under The African Waters.