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!

A Nice Surprise from Colorado

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Surf’s Up! by Laura Wasilowski

It was a surprise to discover that the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is having an exhibit through October 27 that includes my quilt, Surf’s Up! (I think I may have been notified of this but in my foggy state of being, it was forgotten. Must be all that dyeing going on.)

Anyway, if you are near Golden Colorado, please visit the exhibit called It’s What We Do: 25 Years of Collecting. I was happy to donate this quilt to the museum years ago. After all, Colorado is the land of my birth and where I first learned to sew in 4-H.

Here’s a blurb about the exhibit:

This 25th Anniversary celebration exhibition highlights the special, but seldom seen, areas of collecting. Visitors will see important work by pioneers of the art quilt movement; the first artists who took quilts off the bed and put them on the wall. They will also be surprised by kit quilts from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and touched by storytelling quilts. Some newly acquired antiques will be shown for the first time.