A Quilt Museum for You

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Via Chair Mail (1997) by Laura Wasilowski

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It also celebrated a gift of 87 art quilts, donated by Marvin Fletcher and his late wife Hilary. It is known as the Marbaum Collection and I am so happy that my work, Via Chair Mail is included in this generous gift!
 
colorchipcollage3This particular version from my blue chair series is made from “random acts of fusing”.  After creating a piece of fused artwork, I save all the cut-a-ways or confetti fabrics from making the work and construct collaged fabrics in sheets. As more projects are completed, more fabric is added and the sheets eventually document the art I make. Like a journal, I can “read” the fabric collages and reminisce about the art I’ve made and events in my life during the construction.
 
Having my art work purchased by Hillary and Marvin Fletcher and in the care of the Marbaum Collection is an honor. Their support of the quilt as an art form lightens my heart and gives me great delight. I am so fortunate my art work travels around the world with their collection. This piece travels Via Chair Mail.

 

Think Big: Making Large Scale Embroideries

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Wie das Gras (Like the Grass) by Lizzy Funk

This large piece of art work by Swiss artist, Lissy Funk, is stunning! You can see it at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Textile department through September 18. What makes its stunning is the size (I estimate it measures around 50″ x 50″). And here is the really amazing part: it is made with hand embroidery.

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Wie das Gras (Like the Grass), detail by Lizzy Funk

Created in 1977, Lizzy Funk used your standard embroidery stitches like the stem, satin, long/short, and buttonhole stitch. Then she threw in some French knots and couching for effect. Imagine the time and planning and just plain sitting around stitching for long lengths of time to create this huge embroidery. She invested so much into the making of this art work, I wish you could see it in person. It truly belongs in the Art Institute.

What’s New at the Museum?

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Wall hanging by Constance and Maxwell Armfield.

I am so fortunate to live near the Art Institute of Chicago. And it was during a recent trip to view newly acquired items for the Textile Department that I found this embroidery on display. The wall hanging by Constance and Maxwell Armfield was made in 1916. The English husband and wife team were influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and created this embroidery together during a visit to the United States.

armfield2It features the progress of two fashionable women through a forest while a goat tags along. Isn’t this a fun design? It’s so wonderful to think that you can make imagery of anything with needle and thread.

Sold! And On It’s Way

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Young Forest (25″ w x 36″ h) by Laura Wasilowski

I’m happy to announce that this quilt, Young Forest, has been sold and is on it’s way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It joins a large collection of textile art that I hope to see there someday. Thank you for your support art collectors!

Daily Design: Inspired!

decquilt22Do you ever give yourself a little art vacation? Recently, I saw an exhibit of Japanese fans prints at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the motifs used in the fan designs was the moon. All it took was that break from the studio and viewing something new to get me excited about making this daily design. Give yourself a treat today. See art!

Got Jazz?

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Blue Note by Laura Wasilowski, part of the Got Jazz exhibit.

If you are in Peoria, IL check out the exhibit by the FAC, Fiber Arts Association, at the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center. It’s called Got Jazz and features lots of great art quilts by members of the FAC. The exhibit runs through September 23.

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Blue Note (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

My entry, Blue Note, was an opportunity to do the old variation on a theme type of quilt. You pick out a motif (that pointy shape) and make it in various iterations. You get to play with color, shape, and line and make a quilt at the same time!