Art Director Denise Stark creates bold, graphic, designer quilts. Read on to learn a little bit about the staff at the Quilting Company!
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently live in Littleton, Colorado. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati. The program was 5 years with a work/study component—that’s how I ended up in Colorado. I worked for a Denver company while I was in school and they offered me a job after graduation. I moved two weeks after graduation and haven’t looked back!
I moved on to freelance graphic design for several years when my son, Spencer, was young. Then, I became very involved in the local quilting community, volunteering with the local quilt guild and serving on the Board for the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. I was contacted by a former Quiltmaker editor about an open graphic designer position with the magazine. Although I wasn’t looking for a full-time job at the time, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to combine my two passions, design and quilting. From graphic designer for one magazine to now Art Director for all quilting titles, it’s been quite the adventure in the nine years I have been with F+W Media.
Becoming a Quilter
I started quilting in 1999 and took classes at my local quilt store. My mom is also a quilter and co-owned a quilt store in Cincinnati for several years, although I didn’t quilt at the time. Poor timing! I began by making fairly traditional quilts but have always been drawn to brighter, more modern fabrics. I like geometric patterns and my designs tend to reflect that. Working mostly in Adobe Illustrator, I like things that look more intricate than they really are and will often work in gray scale to decide value placement before I choose colors or a fabric line. A design can really change depending on the placement of darks and lights.
My free time is devoted to spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, running, and enjoying beautiful Colorado. And, designing more quilts!
Check out Denise’s latest designer quilt, “Tesselations” in the March/April 2019 issue of Quiltmaker. To see more of Denise’s quilt designs, plus her graphic design work, check out all of our titles here at the Quilting Company.