Denise Labadie – art quilter, fiber artist, teacher, and lecturer – makes interpretive contemporary art quilts about distinctively non-contemporary structures: Celtic megalithic (bronze age) “stones” and more recent monastic ruins. These ancient stonescapes – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, portals and passageways, forgotten cemeteries, burial crosses, and their landscapes – embody immense timelessness and physical presence while evoking sacred and emotional remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten.

“The first time I saw one of Denise’s “stone” quilts, I was immediately drawn to it.
The lighting and perspective is always dramatic. Each quilt exudes such a quiet
reverence that when I come face to face with one, I find myself in a meditative
trance – transported back to another time and another place.
Denise’s quilts are good for the soul.”

Ricky Tims, La Veda, Colorado

Dun Aengus Stone Fort
Quilt National multiple award winner

“Denise’s representation of ancient stones and megaliths breathes life
into structures which, to the unobservant eye or busy observer,
may otherwise appear cold and lifeless. The texture of her stones,
the light, and her use of perspective bring a realistic, deeply emotional
quality which would be difficult to achieve in any other way.”

Margaret McCrory, Belfast, Northern Ireland