I am beyond thrilled to discover that my entry, Painting the Town, is featured on the cover of the exhibition catalog for the SAQA exhibition, Upcycle! This exhibit will premier at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this week.
Painting the Town (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
Painting the Town is made from a drop cloth used on my print table. Each time I dye or print a fabric for my art work, I use a cotton drop cloth. These utilitarian fabrics collect the dribbles, stains, and shadows of the colorful inks and dyes. Like a journal, I can “read” the drop cloth fabric and reminisce about the art I’ve made and events in my life during the painting process. My collection of drop cloths are now being recycled into art and carry these memories with them.
Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski
A while back I made this fused art quilt for an auction for my friend, Libby Lehman. It measures about 30″ x 30″ and was inspired by one of her beautiful quilts all about leaves.
Libby’s Leaves #2 by Laura Wasilowski
Enjoying the process of free-cutting shapes, I made a smaller version (about 20″ x 20″) using the same theme and fabric colors. Entered it in the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year and found out it won third in the Art/Miniature division.
I’m so thankful to have inspiring friends like Libby!
Windy City #14 by Laura Wasilowski
This week you’ll find me and my latest art work hanging around the Artfabrik/Friestyle booth #1911 at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Or as I like to call it the IQF.
There is so much to see and do at this giant quilt show. My favorite part is when friends appear in the booth (cause you know I’m trapped in the booth and don’t get out much). Hope you have time to stop on and visit us!
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!
This 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.
One of the last steps in making a fused quilt is steaming the quilt top to batting. This sets the fabric shapes so the quilt top can be stitched by hand or machine. Always protect the fabric with a pressing cloth (available here) when steaming. Cause, as you know, irons are filthy things!
Arm Chair Gardener by Laura Wasilowski
This quilt, Arm Chair Gardener, is steam set and all the machine quilting is complete. Ready for an invitational exhibit called Journeys, it will travel Europe. Many of my “journeys” are experienced by reading a good book. So while this quilt tours Europe, I’ll be stuck at home reading a good travel book.