For over twenty-five years I have explored color relationships in fiber, non-traditional quilts structurally based on a predetermined set of rules instead of a standard block repeat. I have transitioned into painting using a black under coat, which creates an opaque surface, much like fiber. These new images are determined by landscapes and seasonal change. The slight shift in a winter sky or light on the spring fields affects the interfacing of analogous colors. It is the “playing” with these relationships that intrigues me. A rhythmical, analytical pattern provides a vehicle to evaluate such interactions.
Berri Kramer grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and was greatly influenced by classes at DeCordova Museum. She earned a BFA in Design and Crafts from Kent State University in Ohio and a Masters in Fiber Exploration from Lesley University in Boston. Berri learned how to express stories in clay, metal and color, but most importantly, she observed people making their way in the world as artists. Her art career began as a designer for Better Homes and Gardens and lasted lasted over 20 years. That venture became not only an opportunity to discover new materials and techniques, but one that involved continuous creative problem solving. She founded Heartwood College of Art in Maine, and for the past 25 years she has been its President. Berri also taught Color and Design, Exploration of Crafts and Service to Humanity at Heartwood.