Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cross-Quarter Embrace




March 2014
I was recently thumbing through a book about weaving when I came across a design that really excited me as a potential quilt idea.  I wouldn't make the quilt in black and red, but this is just a simple way of remembering that basic concept so that I can later have the fun of choosing colors.  One thing I love about this design is that it holds together no matter how it is oriented.

July 11, 2015
I'm advancing the inspiration of this found design (weaving pattern) toward one of my latest creative goals: colossal quilts. I want to make large-scale (~8' x 25') work inspired by my fascination with the patina of industrial objects (boxcars that pass by my window each day, and the fishing boats recently encountered in Bayfield, WI)





July 20, 2015
Cross Quarter Embrace as imagined completed and on exhibit (projected size 8.5x24 feet):
 
 
December 2015
 

It's early December 2015 and Iowa City's had its first snowfall.  I've embarked on creating this colossal quilt, Cross Quarter Embrace, but have struggled to get it off the ground.  My typical use of a variety of tones and fabrics of similar color to create one overall color isn't working for a piece of this scale.  So, I am exploring new options.  As I start down this path, I am reminded of how inspiration comes from so many places - including Keith Haring's iconic Act Up imagery engaged to educate the public about the HIV/AIDS crisis during the mid-80's.  The AIDS crisis was concurrent with my own coming out process and permanently shaped me spiritually, sexually and artistically.  It's funny how experiences, some barely even memories, linger and seep into present-day experience and into that which I feel so deeply compelled to express.  It is through the expression and creation of quilt objects that I come to a deeper understanding of why I need to do so - through the recall of all that has shaped me and brought me to this present moment.
 
January 2016

 
My progress is slower than I would've liked or projected, but I am happy with the results so far.  Life has a way of intruding on studio time.  I'm having some structural problems with the piece being 100% square, but I am hoping that it will "quilt out" in the hand-quilting process.  I will quickly run out of room in my small studio/home to view the quilt in total as I make it.  This will present a  new creative challenge for me which I'm determined to find a way around, as it is critical to step back and view the piece in total to make sure it's working as a whole.  I plan to have the top completed by the end of April 2016 at the latest.
 

January 5-March 5, 2016, Art Quilts of the Midwest; International Quilt Study Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

Drawn from the recent book, Art Quilts of the Midwest, by Linzee Kull McCray, the quilts selected for this exhibition hint at the ways in which the Midwest’s geography, weather, people, and culture influence the work of quilt artists from the region.  The exhibition will be presented in two rotations between January 5 and May 8, 2016.  Venus Transit will be exhibited in the first rotation (January 5-March 5, 2016). 

Thanks to the generous loan of collectors Stephen Kotsines and John Hecht, the IQSC will be exhibiting Venus Transit, one of two quilts of mine featured in Art Quilts of the Midwest.


International Quilt Study Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
Venus Transit, 2012
 


Pumphrey Family Gallery
International Quilt Study Center
Lincoln, Nebraska
 

Monday, July 13, 2015

June 15-August 26, 2017, Rerum Novarum; Monte Pearson Gallery, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Pearson Lakes Art Center, Lake Okoboji, Iowa

I have the pleasure of working with curator Britney Hansen on my first solo show.  I'm planning to title the exhibit "Rerum Novarum" (meaning: of new things).  I am hoping to include up to 12 quilts of mine, including the debut of at least two pieces, "Face of a Stranger" (6'x8' self-portrait made of over 7,000 1" pieces) and "Cross-Quarter Embrace" (8'x24' colossal-scale quilt). 

More details to follow.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 14, 2015, "Art Quilts of the Midwest" book talk; Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, IA

 
Tuesday, April 14 7:00-8:30PM
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A (1st floor)
123 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Art Quilts of the Midwest author Linzee Kull McCray, foreword contributor and fiber artist Astrid Bennett and I will each participate in this Prairie Lights bookstore-sponsored event.  Linzee will talk about the genesis of the book, as well as featured artists' motivations and inspirations. 
The evening will conclude with a large-screen full screening of my video "A Piece of Me."

 with longtime friend, Suzanne Koury
 introductions by Maeve Clark, ICPL librarian

 Linzee Kull McCray presents
Astrid Bennett presents
With "One Life" (quilt)
With "Map of the World" (quilt)
with Suzanne and my quilt (Map of the World)

Friday, February 27, 2015

"Face of a Stranger" (self portrait)

Project started: August 2014









This is my latest, and most ambitious project to-date.  It is a large-scale (6' x 8') self portrait quilt made of 1" squares.  When finished, the quilt will contain more than 7,000 pieces - all scraps from my fabric collection.  This is my progress as of February 27, 2015.




July 11, 2015:
Back at work in the studio after a 4 month hiatus.  
Added a few neutrals to my palette I found on a recent trip to Lake Superior.
(Orchard's Edge Quilt Shop, Bayfield, WI and Hannah Johnson Fabrics, Duluth, MN)
Getting rid of the former 8'x8' design board is a sacrifice, but have gained so much more space and sanity as a result of karate chopping it into oblivion. 

July 12, 2015:

July 19, 2015:


  
 
 
 
The top is finished in late September 2015 and on its way to my Amish hand-quilter.  I expect it back sometime in the spring of 2016.  This piece has been an incredible journey for me, taking over a year to complete (the top) - and one of the most significant events of my adult life occurred during its creation - the return of my mother after a 22 year absence.


Binding is on!  February 2016

 

March 27, 2015 - "Art Quilts of the Midwest" book launch & signing event, Home Ec Workshop, Iowa City, IA

Friday, March 27 @ 6:00P
Home Ec Workshop
207 N. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Author Linzee Kull McCray and I officially launch her new book 
"Art Quilts of the Midwest" at this meet-n-greet and book signing event.  
The evening will also include a screening of my video "A Piece of Me."

Artist List:
Marilyn Ampe, St. Paul, Minnesota
Gail Baar, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Sally Bowker, Cornucopia, Wisconsin
Peggy Brown, Nashville, Indiana
Shelly Burge, Lincoln, Nebraska
Shin-hee Chin, McPherson, Kansas
Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jacquelyn Gering, Chicago, Illinois
Kate Gorman, Westerville, Ohio
Donna Katz, Chicago, Illinois
Beth Markel, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Diane Núñez, Southfield, Michigan
Pat Owoc, St. Louis, Missouri
BJ Parady, Batavia, Illinois
Bonnie Peterson, Houghton, Michigan
Luanne Rimel, St. Louis, Missouri
Barbara Schneider, Woodstock, Illinois
Susan Shie, Wooster, Ohio
Martha Warshaw, Cincinnati, Ohio
Erick Wolfmeyer, Iowa City, Iowa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

February 23, 2015 - Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilt Guild, Marion, IA

American Legion Building
625 31st Street
Marion, IA

Morning meeting: 9:00AM; "A Piece of Me" presentation at 10:00AM
Evening meeting: 7:00PM; "A Piece of Me" presentation at 8:00PM

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Black Hills, South Dakota - October 2014

 Lakota prayer flags at the top of Bear Butte
 Sunset at the base of Bear Butte
 Looking south from halfway up Bear Butte
 Sawmill, Hill City
 Child's profile, Bear Butte
 Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon
 Hike to Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Canyon
Stroppel Inn, Midland, South Dakota