During the cold, gray days of winter in Illinois, my favorite companion is an old blue velvet chair that sits across form me as I read. It is like an elderly member of the family, treasured and admired for its antique poise. One day I pictured my blue chair reading along with me. It was reading the Blue Book on Blue Chairs.
If you would like to see Blue Book on Blue Chairs, it is currently exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, CA. The exhibit, Layered and Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art, features 50 contemporary quilt artists and shows “the evolution of the art quilt from the earliest pioneers to contemporary artists experimenting with new forms, materials, and digital technologies.” I am fortunate to be one of those artists.
Beginning September 11, artwork donated by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) goes up for auction. These are small pieces measuring 12″ x 12″ in a variety of styles, colors, and techniques.
My quilt, Reading Lamp #2, is among those available for bid. Using iron-on transfer pens, I traced a drawing of my blue chair onto tracing paper. I then bravely ironed the tracing onto a previously stitched quilt. The chair shape was colored in using fabric pens from Posca. After even more machine quilting, I added embroidery to the chair and lamp. The rug is made with rows of chain stitch.
I’m not sure what the reading lamp is reading but it must be riveting!
There are several reasons to collect artwork. We collect art to support an organization like SAQA or to support the artist. Collecting art also gives you, the collector, the benefit of surrounding yourself with what you love. Art gives us a sense of beauty and what is good in the world. So check out the SAQA Benefit Auction and treat yourself to something good.
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.
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