Velga Easker was born in Valmiera, Latvia. She earned a BA in Art from University of Iowa and was employed in various social service capacities for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She attended numerous workshops and conferences with a concentrated interest in fibers and was a founding member and holder of several offices in the Cedar Rapids Fiber Artist Guild. She began exploring the potential of using discarded everyday materials in creating collages and assemblages twenty years ago with greater concentration in the past five years after leaving full time employment. Easker has exhibited throughout the Midwest. She involved others in collaborative projects where they have assembled the finished work for exhibition, including University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Marion Arts Festival, All Saints School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Francis Marion Intermediate School, Marion, Iowa, and she has conducted workshops for children and adults using found materials. Her work was selected for the Arts in Embassy’s program of the State Department. She created cover design and divider pages for the cookbook, Buffets & Potlucks, published 2010 by Penfield Press, Iowa City.
Velga is a natural artist, observant of the world, inventive, a bit contrary and seeking to express herself in ways that are true to her in her inner voice. She earned a degree in art at the University of Iowa but her career path took another direction. She held a number of positions with the Iowa Department of Human Services. During those years in addition to her dedication to family and career, Velga managed to explore different avenues of artistic expression.
Today she works as a full time artist. While earlier work focused on weaving with natural fibers and the gradual experimentation with non-traditional materials, her current work uses societal discards in much the same ingenious and artistic manner that pioneer women used scraps of fabric and discarded clothing to create beautiful quilts.
The images are surprising. What looks at first to be a photograph of a small quilt, upon close inspection reveals itself to be comprised of sometimes hundreds of small pieces cut from cancelled postage stamps, used envelopes, and other found materials which the artist has coaxed and manipulated into inventive images within the structure of a more traditional art form.