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When Ina Dreams is hanging in this new exhibit!
Down to Sleep
An exhibit curated by Joetta Maue
Chester F. Sidell Gallery
March 1 - April 12, 2013, Opening Reception: March 1, 2013, 5-7pm
The bed is a powerful locale in our daily life - with most of us beginning and ending our day here. We experience our most intimate moments of vulnerability, love, passion, sadness, and weakness here. Most of us begin and end our life in this place that is piled with soft sheets and pillows. As a metaphor we can experience all the most significant emotions of human life in this one simple place of our daily life. This exhibit is work that explores this liminal space with contemporary fiber practices.
Bren Ahearn, Caroline Kirton, Eunkyung Lee Hagar Vardimon, Jenne Giles, Jen Pettus, Jody Oesterreicher, Julia Elsas, Karri A Dieken, Kristin La Flamme, Laura Bisagna, Laura Mongiovi, Marissa Fisher, Marissa Lehner, Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne, Maureen E Patrick, Micha Michelle Melancon, Michelle Urbanek, Paula Chung, Rebecca Fricke, Sabina Hahn, Sherry Aliberti, Susan Lenz, Susan Moss, Tamar Stone, Tom Whitton
As part of the planning for This is a Quilt! SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Assoc) arranged for 50 (out of 260something) pieces to become part of the permanent collection at the Michigan State University Museum. They engaged gallerist Michael Solomon to select those pieces. The pieces will go to the Michigan State University Museum at the close of the trunk show travels. AND MY Quilt is one of the 50!!! Too bad I forgot to take a photo of it before I sent it off.... oh well. The one pctured here is made in the same style with the same cloth.
If you would like to read more AND see my quilt photo you can go to this link: http://www.saqa.com/about.php?ID=1911
of you who are local - the TWIST fair is coming up on November 11th and 12th!
Ina's Legs was just accepted into the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and the Surface Design's (SDA) Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibition which will run from April 1 - May 9th.
My quilt "Let Them Eat Cake" was accepted into the Surface Design Association's MA-RI gallery exhibit which will be open from February - April at the Artworks! in New Bedford, MA. I think it should be a fun show and I'm looking forward to seeing it hung. Thank you SDA for taking the opportunity to show some new quilting styles.
My quilt "Wallflowers" was accepted into a juried show entitled "No Place to Call Home." The quilt show will be in ten national quilt events across the country over the next year. I am excited about my new whole clothes technique and I hope to do a whole series of people in different landscapes. This homeless woman is the first of the series.
This past month I have had some interesting quilting challenges.
I repaired a quilt that had been damaged by a moldy banana. I couldn't find the right kinds a plaids, but I found the right colors in polka dots and the patches look great.
I also finished a quilt that was lost and then found eleven years after the top was made. The baby it was made for is now eleven. I hope the big girl likes it!
And finally I was handed a crazy old quilt in tatters. The backing was destroyed. The batting was made from upholstry and was moldy and the top was made from different kinds of pants and sweaters. Some were in shreds. I went to the fabric store, my stash and my old clothes pile and matched the torn peices with cordouroy and shirt material and found a back material with the a similar striped purple color scheme. Then came the test - could my machine handle the bumps and lumps? Almost! I began quilting without a specific theme in mind and as I progressed I began to see a tidal pool theme - shells, seaweed, and bubbles. I wanted my quilting to lock down the old stitching so I also was going around the funky shapes. And where I couldn't quilt into the corners because the cloth was too thick, I hand sewed.
These three projects made me feel great because I was saving and completing someone'shard work and the quilts can continue to be family treasures. Thank you!
"From the Coolidge Bridge" was selected to be part of the upcoming juried exhibit LANDSCAPE: Scene and Unseen at the Hosmer Gallery of Forbes Library in October. The show will go up on Friday, October 2nd and run thru the end of the month. A reception is scheduled during Arts Night Out on Friday, October 9 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Come and see it in person!
It isn't as warm as my rented studio was, but it is bigger, more convenient and much cheaper! Here I am working on a Roman shade for my parents. Thanks to my unconventional quilting it grew about ten inches longer than the window. Do I cut the quilt or ask my parents to put in a bigger window?
This month I am working on several commissions and I am starting to plan for the spring fairs. I also received news that I was accepted to be in our local library's gallery which will bring me a lot of local publicity - my show will be in April 2010. This seems like a long way off, but I have a feeling I should start planning now.