Monique Kleinhans--Textile Artist
I was born in the Flathead Valley and raised on the farm where my grandfather grew up. Just as my father took up the plow from his father, I learned to love and work with fabric from my mother. An avid quilter and teacher, mom's works lit my creative fire, and much of what I've learned has come from our playing and experimenting together.
I draw a lot of inspiration from the natural beauty around us; the constantly-changing seasons, and the majestic (and sometimes humorous) animals that wander by daily.
My work includes traditional quilting techniques, appliqué, and thread painting, along with fabrics I hand-dye and paint. Many compositions include three-dimensional objects with a variety of fibers and textures.
I am one of 13 local artists featured in the Gallery Paint Metal and Mud located in the Historic Kalispell Grand Hotel and I also teach a variety of classes in textile art both locally as well as a part of workshops around the country. Look for some of my handcrafted items at my Etsy as well.
Enjoy your wander...and feel free to contact me with any questions!