Hi. I’m Mitzie, the artist behind Jittery Wings Design Co. My hyper-active, never idle, joyful realism (ADHD) makes me jittery. My unrelenting pursuit for creative expression gives me wings to take leaps in life.
ILLUSTRATIONS: My current illustration style is leaning in on block printing meets whimsical elegance. I am inspired by all the hobbies of the amazing people in my home…music, gardening, gaming, baking, rv camping, drawing, quilting, sewing and family love. We are just a bunch of introverts nerding out together in our separate rooms.
QUILT PATTERNS: I describe my quilt designs as “quilted illustrations” of life and the inspiration that come from living freely creative. Once an idea or image comes to mind, I chase the design until the “right” technique is determined to accomplish the desired look and feel. I use multiple techniques like raw edge applique, paper piecing and traditional piecing to accomplish the desired goal.
I “was” a marathon runner, weight lifter and potter. I taught classes and have commissioned pieces across the south east. In 2014, though, my life changed completely. Pain and neuropathy began to take over my body and mind gradually, until I couldn’t take it anymore. They tested me for all sorts of scary things like brain tumors, ALS, Parkinson’s, and MS. It took four neurologist and two years for a diagnosis. Tarlov Cysts. You can Google it, I did, because I had never even heard of it. I could deal with the pain, but the part that sucked the most…no more running, lifting or pottery. I eventually let go and sold my pottery studio and floundered for a while trying to figure out who I was without all these faithful loves in my life.
By accident, I found the Great British Sewing Bee on Youtube. Shhh, don’t tell. I was hooked and started sewing again. My mother taught me as a child. As I tend to do with all things, once I learned how to make something, like jeans, or a dress, or a coat, I was on to the next thing. Until I reached quilting. I had found it; that “feeling” I used to get when I was throwing a pot. Something inside me shifted. The actual quilting part of making a quilt, is my favorite, because it gives me that same “feeling.” Designing is my second favorite part of quilting as it hits that hyper-focused ADHD creativity side of my brain.
Quilting and my new local guild friends, helped me find my way back to my creative and physical self. I hadn’t realized how lost I felt. I am grateful to them, and to my family for allowing Jittery Wings to be a large part of our lives. If you would like me to speak at one of your events for a trunk show and to share my story, please visit the Class and Workshop page at www.jitterywings.com.
I recently learned Adobe Illustrator and Procreate, and have found a new obsession in creating digital designs not quite appropriate for quilting. Some are available for sell on Society6. Others are available to license. I am also open to collaborations.
MITZIE IN THE NEWS OR PRINT:
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1st Place Craft Winner for Prosperity’s Hopping Art and Craft Festival, May 2017