Quilts!!

At this rate, I am going to need a vacation from my vacation. Yesterday was a very full day. We drove to Oceanside and San Diego to see the Quilt Visions 2008 show and the show at the Quilt Visions Gallery. Today, we spent the better part of the day at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. More on that later. I was able to turn the tour into an artistic adventure!!

Where to start about the quilts I saw yesterday! Here is a photo of the Oceanside Art Museum where the Quilt Visions show is hanging. You can see that it was a beautiful day.

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Some of the quilts were very familiar. I knew the maker before I looked at the card: Jette Clover, Linda Colsh, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Valerie Goodwin, Joan Schulze and Regina Benson. Sorry, no photography!!

Of the 41 quilts, my favorites were by Shulamit Liss, from Israel — Almost Summer, Patty Hawkins from Colorado — Aspen Solace and Karin Franzen from Alaska — Pirouette 4. I think I liked these because the way the fabric was used to create layers and complexity. I could not find  a link to Shulamit’s piece and she does not have a website. Patty has a website, but I could not find the Vision’s quilt!! It looks as if she used indigo shibori for the trees which I have done and I had not seen it in her work before. I have been a fan of her work for a long time. Karin has a website and a photo of her Visions quilt so finally, I can show you a quilt that I loved. She used silk organza, used cothing and a variety of other fabrics with discharge, syeing, silk screening, paint and oil pastels. It was raw edge appliqued.

We had lunch at the marina in Oceanside – fish tacos!! Then we drove down to San Diego to the new Quilt Visions Gallery which is located in a beautiful old building that used to be part of the Naval Training Center. Many of these old buildings are being repurposed for arts organizations and other non-profits. These photos are clickable to see larger.

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Again, no photography. Ann, who is an artist and architect, liked the show at the gallery even better than the QV 2008 show. I agree because it was the work of the jurors from the past few vision’s show. The work was done by mature and accomplished artists — Personal Visions, Past Quilt Visions Jurors Exhibition. My favorites were by Jane Dunnewold and Mary Ann Jordan. Mary Ann does not have a website. Her work was very large with bold designs created with paint and perhaps dye. In her artist statement, she says that she loves to take a piece of fabric with paint drips and splotches that might have been rejected and turn it into a beautiful quilt. I so relate to that!! Jane’s work was, of course, gorgeous complex cloth.

Another interesting exhibit had a quilt from each of the previous QV shows. It was so mind blowing to see the transition from a very traditional appliqued quilt to a very abstract whole cloth quilt created from a piece of gorgeous dyed fabric on which the stitching formed wonderful elements from the dyed designs

Our final stop was Old Town San Diego where Ann needed to get some supplies for her new passion, wire wrapped jewelry. She is starting with copper because silver is more pricey. I snapped these photos while she was shopping.

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And I have to show you the greast checkered water tower that I photographed on the drive home.

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4 Responses to “Quilts!!”

  1. Kristin L says:

    Thanks for the links — Karen Franzen’s work is amazing. So are all the others too, but I was already familiar with them. 😉

  2. janice in detroit says:

    All I can say is WOW!!!! Thank you for introducing me to some wonderful artists. I was only familar with katie and jane. I have been so scattered, trying to learn techniques, that I have not found an identity. That is my goal for 2009 — to use some of the techniques to develop my own style. There are so many directions to go anti-violence, nature, people, abstractions — I must make a choice and start somewhere. thank you for providing me with all this inspiration, which of course includes the pieces I have been watching you create on your blog.

  3. Gerrie,

    You must be a very happy lady, having seen all that beauty.
    And now you probably can’t wait to get back to the studio?

    Regina, SXM DWI

  4. Connie Akers says:

    Always enjoy your posts and now you’ve introduced me to Patti & Karin. Thanks for sharing your adventure.