Quilt National ’13
I was so happy to see how great my Thru the Lens looked in the Dairy Barn!
What a wonderful weekend!! To see the art up close and meet so many fiber artists was amazingly inspirational. Every piece included in Quilt National ’13 is exceptional and it was clear to me that the work of each artist represents the the best of whatever genre and techniques they chose.
Having my quilt on the cover of the catalog for this Show is an extremely high honor.
There are many wonderful blog posts on the web with views that tell the whole visual story. Rather than try to list them here, I suggest a search for “Quilt National 2013″ where you are sure to find them. My “personal paparazzo” was my husband, Robert, and he documented the weekend well. He was almost as talented as my old friend, Randy Karr, a professional photographer, who took the shot of me above. Here are some of Robert’s images:
Patchwork Design is an annual show of art quilts that has been seen in Sao Paulo and Rio for 12 years. It includes a large vender area and has featured the work of both foreign and Brazilian quilt artists. I am so honored to have been included and to have been awarded the trip to Rio this year to make a presentation. To see the beautiful display of the quilts in Sao Paulo this year go to this link and select the image labeled “Exposicao Contempora..”. Rute Sato is one of the Brazilian Quilters whose quilt was included in the exhibition.
There are images of the same quilts in Rio at this site
I am just back from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where I made a presentation at the 2013 Patchwork Design exhibition. Helen Remick, a well known traditional/art quilter from Seattle and I were honored with the expense paid trip because our quilts were chosen as the People’s Choice winners in last year’s show. Rio is just as wonderful as its reputation and the exhibition was impressive. The quilts were shown in a private club’s exhibition spaces and were shown in museum-like galleries. What a thrill to be there and see how the Brazilian quilters were enjoying and studying the exhibited quilts!
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
I am very pleased to have been invited to be in a dual show at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY with Denyse Schmidt. Denyse is the leader of the Modern Quilt movement and has created a diverse life for herself in quilting. The show is titled Two Approaches: Now and the Future of Quilting. Denyse is teaching an in-depth, two day version of her Pure Improv workshop on October 18-19 at the Museum and I have already made plans to be in Paducah at that same time to meet Denyse and see the Show. Maybe you’ll be in her class and I can meet you,too!
I hope that many of you will be able to attend this event between October 11, 2013 and January 14, 2014. Besides the obvious contrasts in the styles of our work I see some similarities as well – especially our shared belief that enjoyment of the process is a major part of quilting.
One of the most wonderful things about teaching in Japan was seeing my words printed up in Japanese! I provided some of my information sheets for the students ahead of time, and the JHIA staff had them translated by my translator, Mariko Akizuki. They also printed a postcard to promote my class! I think the printed Japanese language is beautiful as design whatever ideas it coveys to those who can read it!
Tokyo class, November 22, 2012
Osaka class, November 26, 2012
My teaching in Japan was just wonderful. As the recipient of the Founder’s Award at the 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibiton, I had paid transportation to and from Japan along with a week’s accommodations. My classes were in Tokyo and Osaka. The staff at Nihon Vogue was extremely helpful in all ways, and I felt like I was being treated like royalty. What an experience! The students were very enthusiastic and I was told that everyone truly enjoyed my class. The students were quilting teachers who came from all over Japan to take my class in hand stitching on silk. I brought hand painted samples for the students and they added many rows of hand stitching. I was told that this was the first time a quilting class was about hand stitch. I met the head of the embroidery section of the Japan Handicraft Instructor’s Association (JHIA) and when she and her current class saw the samples of my work that I had brought with me, she was very interested in organizing some embroidery classes for quilters in the future. JHIA sponsors the Quilt Nihon Exhibitions and is a non profit branch of Nihon Vogue.
My husband, Robert, was along as you can see in the class portraits. My wonderful translator, without whom I could not have done it, was Mariko Akizuki who accompanied Robert and me on the Bullet Train to Osaka. What a trip! That train goes between 150 and 180 miles per hour.
The Japanese Maple trees in November were beautiful, and this is considered the high season in Kyoto. There were many, many buses full of tourists from other parts of Japan at every temple and shrine we visited. The thousands of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari temple just outside Kyoto were spectacular. They wind up and around the hill behind the temple buildings and they have been donated by people successful in business to honor the spirit of fertility and industry. Each gate bears the name of its donor.
We ate sushi from the store and I got to shop at a wonderful outside market that had antique kimono as well as beautiful hand made textile crafts. It was the trip of a lifetime and I one of the greatest honors I will ever receive. I definitely will find a way to return to Japan – it is a wonderful place to visit.
Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Temple
I am pleased to share that my In the Desert, 66″ h x 50″ w has been chosen for a Judges Award at Quilt=Art=Quilts 2012 at the Schweinfurth Art center in Auburn, New York. This annual Show regularly includes work from some of the world’s most recognized talented quilt artists and I am honored to be included.
Here are links to the the prize winning quilts and to a pdf slideshow of the entire show collection. These links should continue to work for the duration of the show, which closes January 6, 2013 and into even farther into next year.