Lights, camera, quilt
Ceesay's art featured in TV program
Friday, October 18, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - Hair dresser, artist, celebrity, Laurie Ceesay of Menominee is making quite a name for herself. A graduate of UW-Stout, Ceesay has a degree in clothing, textiles and design and has been quilting for 30 years. While she's going strong now, there was a time when her desire to churn out quilts simply died.
Laurie Ceesay hangs her quilt at Spies Public Library in Menominee for an upcoming auction to benefit the Friends of the Library. Ceesay recently traveled to Ohio for a taping of a TV show that will be seen on PBS. The date of the show has not been announced but the new season of Quilting Arts TV begins in January.
"I did traditional quilts but got bored with that," she said. "I just quit doing it because I didn't know what to do anymore."
Then in 2005 she discovered art quilts. When she saw that she could draw her own designs, the creative juices started flowing and she hasn't looked back since.
Another surge came in 2007 when she moved from Appleton to Menominee. She currently works part-time at Pizazz salon and Pine Tree Quilts. Those two jobs, she said, help give her the creative inspiration she needs to turn out award-winning designs.
"I like to do art quilts of people, specifically women with hair, make-up and fashion," she said. "In-between life and my two jobs, it takes me about two weeks to complete a quilt. I'm always doing something."
In 2009, Ceesay started teaching her methods to others through quilt shows, guilds and expos.
This summer she gave a demonstration at a quilt show in Chicago. The organizer was so taken by her quilts she e-mailed her a couple week later and asked if she'd like to be on her TV show.
"It's like a cooking show. You have to have some demos and you have to have a finished product," said Ceesay. As she found out, there was a little more to the TV appearance than just showing up.
"They tell you what to wear," she said. "Don't wear black, don't wear white and they even tell you what to do with your fingernails."
In mid-September, Ceesay traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to tape a couple segments for "Quilting Arts TV," which airs locally on PBS Channel 38 Saturday mornings. The new series begins at the end of January.
You're never too far from one of Laurie's creations. One is currently hanging at Menominee City Hall. As a member of the Menominee Area Arts Council, Ceesay likes to include her handiwork as part of the seasonal display. Another quilt, a copy of the one she made for the upcoming television show, is on display and up for bid at the Friends of the Library auction coming up Tuesday at Spies Public Library.
The quilt, along with photos, paintings and other works from area artists, is up for auction. Anyone can stop at the library between now and Tuesday and make a silent bid. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday when final bids will be made. The Friends of the Library receive 30 percent of the bid price.
Laurie has also donated one of her quilts for the M&M Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Ball auction scheduled for December.
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