Cindy Mielock

Cindy Mielock is a Lansing fiber and paint artist.

Cindy learned to sew at a young age and after graduating from college she discovered quilting. Quilting allowed more freedom and creativity than garment making. Although she began with bed quilts and has made hundreds, she quickly fell in love with color and the varying techniques used in quilted wall art. She works with hand-dyed and painted fabrics in her art quilts and has begun painting and stamping her own fabric.

In addition to quilt making, after retiring from the State of Michigan, Cindy began taking art classes in watercolor and acrylics and various art techniques. A mono printing class led her to discover that she could combine her quilting, design and painting skills by working with collage techniques.

Her most recent artwork has been collage on art canvases and in greeting cards using mono printed papers as well as other paper painting techniques. The mono printing is done on gel pads with various paints and stencils, masks, and stamps. She prints and paints on found papers, pages of recycled books, music book pages, rice papers, tissue papers and others.

Cindy is influenced by her love of gardening, nature, birds, music and astronomy. Many of her quilts and artwork depict plants, leaves, fruits and vegetables, birds, music and the Moon. She also uses her original photographs as inspiration for some of her artwork in fact her bird silhouettes are from photos she took.

Cindy has taken classes from local, regional and internationally known artists and quilters and has taught and shared her quilting and art expertise locally as well. She has exhibited her work in local, regional and international quilt shows, local art group shows and at local businesses, libraries, theaters and museums. She has recently begun teaching geli printing classes at Lansing Art Gallery.

Cindy has curated quilt shows for the Okemos Library, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center, and Abrams Planetarium and is a founding member of the Capital City Quilt Guild and past president of the guild. Cindy is also a founding member of Lansing Women Artists Collective. Cindy created the facebook page “Virtual Art Fridays” to help artists share and sell their artwork during the pandemic. She has worked with the MSU Museum on many quilt related classes, shows and other events. She has won local, state and regional awards for her quilts. She regularly donates her quilts and artwork to local nonprofits for fundraisers, clients and patients.

Cindy’s original geli printed collage greeting cards are available for purchase at Old Town General Store, Framer’s Edge in Okemos and at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium gift shop.