22 Mar

At the Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild

Recently, I joined the Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild. It’s a small group, mostly comprised of knitters, but with a fair amount of weavers, spinners, quilters, sewists, and general fiber enthusiasts. They invited me to share my work at the last meeting for the monthly program. I decided that since I was new here and no one really knew my work, I would present a sort of retrospective, charting my progression from traditional quilter to conceptual artist.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
My first quilt (though not the first finished). Inspired by a weekend in Amish Pennsylvania, designed from the eight pointed star sashing out, and hand quilted. Circa the mid nineteen-nineties.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
In sponge mode — learning and trying on various themes and techniques. Inspired by my daughter’s quirky drawings.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
From my first series, Impressions of Germany. Incorporating traditional blocks and techniques into somewhat pictorial quilts of landscapes and towns. Circa 2006.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
Still trying out various techniques and approaches.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
I still love a good bed quilt!

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
Moving on to houses and roots and starting to find my voice.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
Getting even more personal.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
But always willing to step outside my focus and try something else to see how it might feed back into my main body of work.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
At the point where the story tells me the medium rather than trying to fit specific definitions. The Army Wife is quilts, but it is also embraces embroidery, knitting, felting, and domestic textiles in general.

Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild Presentation
I also don’t mind going back to traditional quilt forms — yet giving myself permission to mix it up and leave room for the viewer to discover the story inside.

I brought a lot more quilts, and brief notes to keep me on track. I was a bit nervous that I might drone on, but found that I could talk animatedly about my work and tie it all together quite nicely. I’m confident that the presentation went well.

Thank you Sharon for all the photos!

5 thoughts on “At the Charlottesville Fiber Arts Guild

  1. great retrospective of your work Kristin! love the way you can move so seamlessly between traditional and art quilting.

  2. I would have loved to be at that presentation and to see the continuum of your work. Bravo! I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

  3. So interesting to see the work that way here …it is all right, years of seeing it on your blog,of watching your amazing growth and stretch and talent….in this small group of pictures..i am glad you showed more.. kept wanting to say..oh but show this, remember when you worked on…..and you were having a rant about whatever..but mainly just wish i could have been there…congratulations

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