I was going to write a bit about my time volunteering at the SAQA exhibit and what the organization has to offer art quilters at various places in their careers or craft. But, I’ve already forgotten what my big point was. Oh well, that means I can move on to the part most people are interested in: the quilts!
I did not take nearly as many photos this year as least, nor did I make much of an effort to see everything on display. I was having too much fun hanging out in the Twelve by Twelve exhibit! My main impression, especially with the World of Beauty quilts (the main section, eligible for prizes and awards) was that there was a LOT of sparkle. Beads, crystals, metallic thread, Angelina fibers, iridescent paint, the more bling the better.
Beyond the bling, I found looking at my photos, that I was attracted to a lot of plant-related quilts.
Eat Your Vegetables by (?!). I am so sorry that I neglected to get the name of the artist of this piece.
Good For You Exhibit. a combo of silk(?) painting, and bead and button embellishment. It’s kinda like the love child of of Susan Shie’s and Pamela Allen’s work — two of my favorites.
Last year I was drawn to the Hawaiian quilts, and this year the pull was stronger. In the meantime, I’ve also admired the work of Meg Maeda and her students, especially their use of radially dyed fabric. Although it is so amazingly different than either my art quilts or the bed quilts I usually make, Hawaiian quilting is taking it’s hold on me. Who knew it was Borg-like?
Hawaiian Quilt, by Mi-Jung Kim.
The Hawaiian quilt bug is infecting me. I was drawn to every one I saw — especially those using radially dyed fabric. I live the way the colors can interact where the transitions on the foreground fabric align with the transitions on the background fabric. This is not the most subtle fabric combination (see Meg’s work for that), but the idea is there and the craftsmanship is fantastic.
Halemaumau (detail), by Takashi Kusaka.
No radially dyed fabric here, but I liked the particularly lush border on this one, and absolutely “get” the reference to the ferns and glowing lava around the Halemaumau crater at the top of Kilauea.
Feathers Aglow, by Judith Thompson.
I was drawn to this one because I thought, from afar, that it might fit into the Hawaiian-ish with radially dyed fabric category I’ve been attracted to. Upon closer look, it was carefully chosen and placed commercial fabrics, but I still love the clean, graphic, quality of this.
Next up will be quilts with figures — a pet peeve of mine. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few that I thought were outstanding.