Artist Layl McDill is the creator behind the two story quilts hanging in Inis Oírr to the delight of our smallest dancers.
Layl created the quilts hanging at Celtic Junction between 1995 and 1997 when she was working primarily with fabric and found objects. The two quilts featuring the scuba diving lion are from a series of 10 quilts called "Ms. Lion's Magic Wand Shop". One quilt is about Ms. Lion's visit to the flipper shop and the trouble she has finding flippers that fit.
The other story quilt takes place shortly after when she goes on her first scuba dive. "The Planet Quilt" was at least a year in the making and has many different parts and pieces. Each planet is filled with artifacts that tell the story of the type of creatures and their lives on that planet. Layl used all kinds of found objects and interesting techniques from masking tape and wire to make creatures to sawdust and glue to make "squash". Two other large quilts from this series hang in schools in Wyoming and Colorado.
Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating things at a very young age. Early on she realized that she could make a living doing what she loved to do! Layl made “Story boxes”, “Story Quilts”, “Story Scraps”, “Story Vests” made of fabric, found objects, and polymer clay. Over the years polymer clay has become her dominant medium. She still uses mixed media objects as accents and loves to discover interesting ways to make her stories come to life.
Layl now lives and creates in Minneapolis with her two daughters and husband. In 1999 she and her husband, Josh Blanc, opened their studio/showroom Clay Squared to Infinity in North East Minneapolis. Here she sells her work and Josh makes and sells tiles. She does many festivals through out the year, teaches artist-in-residencies and hosts clay parties for all ages. Clay Squared is open to the public Monday to Saturday 11 to 5 and Layl welcomes you to come and see her latest creations and even take part by taking a class. Check out their website at www.claysquared.com