Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble has been everywhere lately.
The sign painter and proprietor of Sleet City Signwriting was one of the organizers of the first ever Wampus Wonderland holiday craft show in December, and received national attention in November for her ‘Repaint Hate’ campaign to cover up hateful graffiti in the community.
She just completed her latest creation over the weekend, a 400-square-foot mural located on a building included as part of the new Uptown Fayetteville Apartments + Shops development in north Fayetteville.
The mural, titled Uptown Quilt, is a colorful geometric pattern made up of bold primary colors paired with pastel pinks and blues in a patchwork design that Trimble said a is variation of a double star quilt pattern.
Trimble said she was approached by Sarah King, who works with property owners Specialized Real Estate Group, about creating a mural especially for the new property.
“I remember getting off the phone and crying my head off because the thought of my quilt squares on such a huge wall just blew my mind,” she said.
The quilt theme is a familiar one in Trimble’s work. Trimble has an 8-foot square quilt painting on display outside the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, and she painted several others last summer for Crystal Bridges’ American Made exhibit.
“I painted the first (quilt square painting) for my mother, and loved the process and the research and playing with color,” Trimble said. “I made a few more for a craft show, and they sold out.”
Trimble said she completed the Uptown Quilt mural in 50-60 hours over the course of two weeks with the help of assistant Kassy Miller.
“I started the Uptown Quilt two days after Wampus Wonderland, and though we battled that arctic blast, it was the most wonderful way to switch gears, enjoy our (mostly) mild winter, and end a super wild and crazy year,” Trimble said.
The mural is accessible via the southern entrance of the Uptown Fayetteville development, directly across Steele Boulevard from Academy Sports.