Who is Sally Dutko?
I love to make art: to paint, sew, dye, tear, glue, machine and hand stitch, cut, assemble, layer. Through my painterly style of working with fabrics of all kinds, I create mostly raw-edge abstract work, along with some figurative and whimsical pieces. Inspiration comes from everywhere: words I have read or places I travel, walk, shop, or explore.
I love to work. My art evolves intuitively in my head and on my studio design walls, where constant change and experimentation happen. Color, texture, lines, text are all elements I wrestle with; sometimes the evolution takes many months, or even years. My pieces try to convey the excitement of uniting fabric, paper, stitching and objects into a joyful visual experience.
Sally Dutko is an award-winning fiber artist who lives and works in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York and in the lovely winter weather of Southwest Florida. She dyes and paints much of the fabric used in her art quilts, mixed media collages, soft sculptures and figures.
Sally received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art, Architecture and Engineering. Sally’s background in fine art and design has greatly influenced her work. She retired from over 30 years at Cornell University as a graphic designer, Art Director and Director of Publications and Marketing. She has been featured on “Simply Quilts” and the online program, “The Quilt Show” and is a regular on the Ithaca Art Trail where she shows hundreds of visitors each year through her colorful studio.