Kim Marguerity LaPolla - Crazy By Design

About the Artist . . .

Kim LaPolla . . .

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kim began her interest in art and design at her father's side. At an early age she helped him while he designed and built scale models representing the architectural drawings he had created. She cut windows, painted and glued trees, soldered lights, and other fine details. She loved putting together all the tiny pieces.

Kim dabbled in various arts and crafts, until the eventful day when she saw an antique crazy quilt in the Fort Bridger museum in Wyoming. The intricate stitching and embellishment caught her eye and her fancy!

Kim LaPolla
Kim spent close to a decade honing her skills with various techniques and developing her style before opening "shop" as Crazy By Design to market her work.

Kim shows her work at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn in Greenville, New York, as well on this web site. The first showing of her work as Crazy By Design was at a Neiman Marcus InCircle Party in May of 1998.

Kim is also the director of the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, a program of art workshops for painters and fiber artists hosted at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn. The workshops are taught by world-class artist instructors.

Artist's Statement

Kim captures nuance and duality in her stitched, layered, and embellished fiber art. She creates her art using a combination of spontaneous inspiration and passionate design. Constantly looking for the elements of design in nature and everyday objects, Kim LaPolla enjoys the challenge of interpreting these elements in unexpected colors and patterns.

Subject matter ranges from abstracts, landscapes, dogs, rabbits, horses, nature, and more.

Kim assembles her art using a variety of construction and surface design techniques.

Artist's Resume

Born: Pennsylvania, 1957


  • Solo Exhibit - Massry Residence, Albany, NY, 2008
  • Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, 2007
  • Harmony: On the Wall/Off the Wal, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2007
  • Fiber to Quilt, Lappeenrante, Finland, 2007
  • Deconstruction/Reconstruction: Art from Recycled Materials, Artisians International, Minden, NV, 2007
  • Pacific International Quilt Festivial, Santa Clara, CA, 2007
  • Broderick Gallery, Freehold, NY, 2007-2008
  • 38th Annual Textile Exhibit, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA, 2006
  • Textile Arts Today, Synopsis Corporate Headquarters, Mountain View, CA, 2006
  • Ironstone Vineyard Gallery, Murphys, CA, 2006
  • The Naked Truth, The Costal Art League, Half Moon Bay, CA 2006
  • Art Quilt Alliance of New York Trunk Show, various international venues, 2005 - 2006
  • The Arts Gallery Center, Auburn, CA, 2005
  • The Quilt Fest of New Jersey, 2005
  • Myths and Legends, online and various venues around the country, 2004 - 2006
  • Day of the Dead, online, 2004
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2004
  • Changing Defintions: The Art Quilt, Little Rock, AR 2004
  • Dreaming the Garden, various venues, 2004, 2005
  • International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL, 2003
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2002
  • Harvest Festivals, San Francisco & San Jose, 2002, 2003
  • Danville Fine Arts Festival, CA, 2002
  • Silicon Valley Open Studios, 1998 - 2002
  • Tapestry in Talent, San Jose, CA, 2001
  • Contemporary Quilts & Fiber Arts: Fiber Expressions III, 1999
  • Nieman Marcus InCircle Party, Stanford, CA; 1998


Gerald Brommer, Studio City, CA
Pat Dews, NJ and FL
Martha Schumacher, Sunnyvale, CA
Bruce Boughton, Palo Alto, CA
Edward Leeds, Queens, NY
Suzanne Ibarguen, Santa Monica, CA
Bill & Caroyln Scott, Sunnyvale, CA
Carol Blaney, Mountain View, CA
Fred & Joyce Zietler, Westerlo, NY
Josephine McDonnell, Bronx, NY


Quilter's Newletter Magazine, April 2003
Art Week, November 2003

"How to Get Started as a Quilt Artist"
,, 2001


Annual Art Students Exhibit from Greenville and Coxsackie-Athens High School, 2006, 2007

Lectures and Workshops

Memberships and Affliations

Studio Art Quilt Associates
Studio Art Quilt Associates - New York
American Quilt Association
Surface Design Association


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Last updated on: Sun, Dec 12, 2010

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