In July of 2005 I visited cousins in Sisters, Oregon. Previously unbeknownst to me, the largest outdoor quilt show in the world displays over 1000 quilts on the second Saturday of July, every year, in Sisters, Oregon. Attendance: ~12,500 on Quilt Show day. (Not my photo, but from the 2005 show.) Spent an afternoon in lovely weather viewing the show. Wow! http://www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/
My son and I enjoyed Christmas of 2006 with my brother’s family in San Francisco, and, as an architect, I wanted to see the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, (designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, opened in 2005).
Previously unbeknownst to me, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend was showing there. Wow!
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
The quilts were pieced from scraps of fabric often salvaged from worn-out clothes combined in extraordinary combinations of color, pattern, and texture.
Bold, more akin to the rhythms of jazz and African art than to the order and repetitiousness of many traditional American quilts. http://www.quiltsofgeesbend.com/
I have been considering quilting, and was perusing the Web. Found these two marvelous sites:
Portraits was showing at the Sara Meltzer Gallery in 2009. These are quilts by Anna VonMertens.
In her new body of work, the artist interprets auras for iconic portraits from art history… Hand painting dye onto fabric, the artist creates an aura in the same proportions as the original painting and then superimposes hand stitching to indicate the subject’s chakra pattern. The result is …abstract painting.
Shown here is Madame X’s aura, after John Singer Sargent, 2009, hand-stitched, hand-dyed cotton. http://www.annavonmertens.com/portfolio.php Wow!
A bit more pedestrian, but still lovely, are the works of Lori Allison.
Lori’s first pattern, Funky Rainbow Crazy Logs was designed for adolescent quilters and it remains a good seller. “Every year there’s a new group of 12-year olds who are seeing “Funky Rainbow Crazy Logs” for the first time!”
I do love her Funky Rainbow Crazy Logs, a detail shown here. Wow! http://www.allisonquiltdesigns.com/
Then I discovered that Tucson has its own quilt show. Must go in January. http://www.tucsonquiltersguild.com/