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Friday, January 9, 2015
(Above: Stitching Together, a sculpture art quilt including a whole-cloth grave rubbing on a vintage damask tablecloth attached to a mid-19th century antique quilting frame at which two, unique chairs made from more modern quilting frames sit. Click on any image to enlarge.)
Stitching Together was created in response to a very specific call-for-entry for a juried shows called Crafting Civil (War) Conversations at the McKissick Museum here in Columbia, SC. It was accepted and will be on view from February 2 - May 30, 2014. The information from the call-for-entry included this paragraph:
Seeking entries from artists working in what historically have been regarded as craft-based media (clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood), our exhibit will be a juried art exhibition that symbolically re-enacts the Civil War’s end as a scene of reconciliation—not between the North and the South—but between former slaves and former slave owners. The Museum ask artists to imagine and give visual and sculptural form to this scene, perhaps giving form to what Martin Luther King conjured when he dreamt of a day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
(Above: Brown crayon grave rubbings from the unknown Confederate soldiers' burial area in Elmwood Cemetery and black crayon grave rubbings of doves, lambs, praying hands, olive branches, and other motifs from nearby Randolph Cemetery, the historic African-American burial ground. The fabric is a vintage, damask tablecloth.)
(Above: Detail of the the self-guided, free-motion machine embroidery.)
To read more about this unique, sculptural art quilt, CLICK HERE.
(Above: One of two chairs created for the sculptural work.)
This Grave Rubbing Art Quilt was created especially for an invitational exhibition called Art from the Ashes that will take place during February 2015 in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of William T. Sherman's Civil War burning of Columbia.
This piece was created for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) annual 12" x 12" on-line fund-raising auction in the fall of 2014. It was purchased by Nanette Strucinski Zeller, president of PAQA-South (Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South.)
(Above: Sweet Dreams, art quilt for SAQA's (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 25th anniversary trunk show. 10" x 7". Crayon on silk grave rubbings. Free motion and hand embroidery. Vintage buttons. Click on image to enlarge.)
Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches (25.4 x 17.8 cm), mounted on a black 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The 407 quilts are divided into eight trunks, each containing 51 works of art (trunk G has 50). The artist's location, artwork title, statement and information about techniques and materials are on the back.Each trunk will travel a region of the world into 2017. This piece is is Trunk E.
Circular Churchyard was accepted into Quilt National 2013. It will be touring until autumn 2015. To read more about this piece, including many additional detail images, CLICK HERE.
This small Grave Rubbing Quilt was made after receiving a lovely message from Dale Rollerson of The Thread Studio in Perth, Australia. She asked if I would send a small work for an upcoming exhibit she was mounting called An Artful Journey. This show will be held during the Western Australian Craft Show at the Claremont Fairgrounds, August 2 - 4, 2013. Dale wrote: "...I want to hang an exhibition of one of my pieces of work, together with work of artists whose work I admire. I am hopefully looking to hang 20 pieces of work. I have titled it ‘My Artful Journey’ because that is what my work is about and I suspect for most of you – yours too."
To read more about this piece with additional images, CLICK HERE!
This is the only Grave Rubbing Art Quilt that features a "famous person". It was started during a month-long artist residency with Studios Midwest in Galesburg, Illinois, the birthplace of Carl Sandburg. To read more about this piece, including lots of detail photos, CLICK HERE.
To read more about this work, including detail images, CLICK HERE.
This unique piece was especially created for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) juried traveling exhibition, Text Messages. It was accepted and shown in the following venues: premiering at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX from Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2013. Moving to The International Quilt Festival in Chicago, IL from June 20 -22, 2014; the International Quilt Festival in Portand, OR from Aug. 13 - 16, 2014; the Round Bobbin Quilting and Sewing Expo in St. Charles, MO from Sept. 19-20, 2014; Morris Museum in Morrison, NJ from Nov. 14, 2015 - Mar. 20, 2016.
The work was also created to be shown "in the round" and as an installation. For more information on this piece, including a detailed explanation of how it was made, CLICK HERE.