Art Quilts

There are still a few days left to rush out to the Wayne Art Center and view the Art Quilt Elements exhibit. My friend Christine and I agreed, one of the best collections we’ve seen over the years for this show. I should have recorded the names of the artists of my favorite pieces but there is a slide show on the linked website with the information.

At the entrance, this quilt immediately caught my attention. I’ve seen it in photos but a picture can’t capture how vibrant the colors are.

Every little nuance and detail in color and shading is captured in fused bits of fabric. Some artists will use paint or pencil to blend the edge of fabrics, lending a realistic look. I wonder if this technique was used? The pine cones are masterfully done. There must be a billion tiny pieces of fabric.

In comparison, this is one piece of fabric, a photograph printed on fabric and quilted. It’s beautiful but I just can’t feel the same sense of awe for the technique. Someone liked it because it was sold.

Another whole cloth art quilt, this time the sunflowers were painted. The artist chose to leave the quilting thread ends un-trimmed, adding a textural element.

Hung next to the painted sunflowers, this quilt was meticulously pieced and quilted with clean, closely spaced lines. I think the title should have been Tiger Stripes or something similar.

It appears that straight line quilting is still in vogue. I have a question. How are these quilts shipped so when they are hung, not one quilt shows any sign of a fold line? Any other quilt show– AQS Lancaster, Quilt Odyssey or Oaks Mancuso Show– I always see wrinkles from quilts being folded in boxes. Are the quilts at Elements steamed or ironed when they arrive? Maybe. I’ve had to sign a permission form so my quilt could be ironed if needed at different venue. It’s kind of a scary thing, but the quilts look so much better without the distraction of wrinkles and fold lines. Professional art gallery lighting helps too!

This quilt was a self portrait.

I love the perfection of the edge-stitched, fused organza. The stitched details bring the portrait to life.

Wouldn’t you love to have this piece hung in your house to watch the light filter through the layers. And when you walk by, the slightest air current would cause flutters and ripples of the gossamer fabrics.

I would not enjoy making this “quilt?” one little bit. Remember I had my own dubious butterfly and dragon wing creation adventure. Never to be repeated. But I loved seeing this piece and I’m mesmerized by the concept and artistry. And stamina.

This quilt was constructed from strips of sari silk. Luminous and beautiful, the edges were all raw.

The variations in colors were so engaging when you got up close.

I’ve been experimenting with leaving raw edges, especially on the edge of the quilt.

Christine and I asked ourselves, what quilt would we really like to take home? I wanted that pine cone quilt but this quilt won both of our hearts. I think it has a lot to do with anxiously waiting for Spring!

The quilt had layers of painted organza and pieces of cut fabrics and outline quilting on the leaves and flowers. It was such a lovely garden in fabric. I should have checked the price. Well, maybe not…

If you are any where near Wayne, Pennsylvania go see Art Quilt Elements. The show will inspire you and open your mind to fiber as art.

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  1. Christine says

    What a great exhibit and fun day!

  2. Live the pinecines and the window shade. What a great idea

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