Color Challenge 2018 – ARTrageous
ARTrageous Fiber Artists is a group of women from Missouri who meet monthly to explore mixed media techniques and to encourage creativity. One way that these goals are accomplished is through group challenges. For the current challenge, nine members participated in a random drawing for a color based on the traditional color wheel. In addition to that color, a circle or arc was to be a prominent feature in the design and construction of an 18” X 30” quilt. Pictured above: Winter Moon by Becky Douglas, Pretty in Pink by Pam Gruer, and Go Green, Save Green by Jackie Berry.
Comic Book Icons of Color - Quilts by Allyson Allen
The Green Lantern, Storm, Black Panther, Spawn, Falcon, and Blade are just a few of the superheroes who didn’t come from Krypton. Marvel, D.C. Comics, and Anime all have their own crime fighting characters who don’t look like Bruce Wayne. Here are just a dozen of the most popular. Pictured: Black Panther by Allyson Allen.
Cool Classic Rides 3 – Textile Art by Teresa Shippy
Thrilled to be back for my 3rd “Cool Classic Rides,” this collection incorporates trains and planes in addition to a new variety of cool classics. CCR3, was motivated by the success and excitement of Cool Classic Rides 1 and 2, which received favorable comments from all. The concept originated with the first exhibit which debuted in 2013. The 2016 collection of vintage rides (CCR2) included different makes and models and were larger pieces of work with unique embellishments. Each ride consists of approximately 15-25 pieces of fabrics which are stitched together on a hand painted cotton canvas background and enhanced by thread work. In addition, each ride is created using leftover fabrics from cut-up quilts, vintage ties and wool scraps. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the latest rides. Pictured above: 1960 Convertible Cadillac with a 1961 Shasta Airflyte.
Drips and Splatters – Quilts on the Wall
What makes this exhibit exciting is that the theme, Drips and Splatters, can be expressed as the subject of the quilt or as a technique used to create the work of art. Examples of Drips and Splatters as subject matter are many as they occur everywhere. They can be a result of carelessness, as of the coffee sloshing over the side of a cup, sloppy painting, cooking, washing or spilling. They often occur if one is in a hurry or not paying attention. They occur in nature: a little boy jumping through puddles, splashing as he goes, or rain drops falling, or blood splatter. Examples of Drips and Splatters as process or technique are many also. Some examples are to drip or splatter paint, dye, various kinds of fibers, beads, small pieces of fabric, etc. on the background to create the effect. The possibilities are limitless. Pictured: Dripping in Red by Linda Stone.
Esterita Austin – One Woman Show
The Second Time Around, 33 inches x 10 feet, by Esterita Austin
This is a new series based on an original technique I have developed. The image is freehand painted on parchment paper then transferred onto transparent organza using Mistyfuse. The further I go in this freehand process the larger the pieces seem to become. I started out with images of Italy from my annual workshops there. They grew into images that caught my eye: a movie marquee, beach signs, an antique carousel. Lately my focus has been on old rusted out cars ... I can relate.
HERstory Quilts: Celebration of Strong Women
You studied history. Come and view HERstory. Throughout history women struggled to have a voice and we got it in the USA in 1920, the right to vote. Let’s celebrate the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since then. We all have women that we admire who are courageous, intelligent and ground-breakers. This exhibit, by artists from seven countries, includes tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes. These quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man. Art quilts honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, and world leaders.
The Hoffman Challenge – Mastery
2017 marked the 29th year of the Hoffman Challenge with quilters, home sewers and garment/accessory makers putting their skills to the test. Hoffman Fabrics and Aurifil are celebrating the creative path taken by quilt makers and home sewers with Mastery, designed for the 2017 Hoffman Challenge. Participants used either the colorful Blooms or the sister Charcoal version of the fabric. The breathtaking digital-print floral collection was inspired by the magnificent works created by the Old Masters such as daVinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Rembrandt, and Leyster. Challenge entries are accepted in the quilt, home decor (living room - pillow, runner, rug, wall hanging, etc.) and clothing/accessory categories. The 2017 Challenge is co-sponsored by Aurifil.
Naturally Occurring – Quilts on the Wall
The theme of Naturally Occurring brings to mind the beauties of nature. We strive to be inspired by what nature, in its rawest form, has created, unaffected by man’s interference. To occur naturally is to arise from a place of beginning. Moving water carves hard rocks into sloping. Autumn leaves change colors. A woman described as a “natural beauty” is one whose original features have not been altered by make-up. A tide pool changes shape and colors with the wave’s movement. The tornado shapes a path with objects it scatters through the power of wind. A diamond is created from the compression of rock. The beauty of life occurs without human intervention. What occurs naturally ... a simple flower … the sculptured rock formed by a sand storm … the movement of a wild horse running on the plains … is what inspires artists. Pictured: Gumption Quilt by Christine Castano
A New Twist on the Little Black Dress
Quilters show us their threads! Celebrate the fashion and imagination of the iconic little black dress. Quilts reflect where artists wore their little black dress, where they would like to wear their little black dress, what adventures await while wearing their little black dress, or what fabrics their favorite little black dress was made of. Quilts pictured: Take Me Away by Karen Musgrave, The Dress by Sue Bleiweiss, and The Dresses I Used to Wear by Laurie McCown. Mary Walter, Guest Curator.
Old Glory Quilt Exhibit – Curated by Mary Kerr
Old Glory was born when red white and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by longarm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing and the instructions, “quilt as desired.” They donated their time and talent. We chose to work with “forgotten” tops - the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill made or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed or treasured. What we now share is pure magic! The exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further serve the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of. When they are done traveling, the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor. Pictured: All Squared Up and Proudly Serving.
Quilters Treasure 14th Annual Challenge
The 14th annual Challenge theme is The Color is Ice, Think of Something Nice. The winning entries of the annual Challenges are announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Sponsors for the Quilters Treasure Challenge include Singer Sewing Machine, YLI Threads, Quilters Rule, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Barb’s Original, MorganProducts, and Colonial Needle. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.
Under Scrutiny – Stretching Art & Tradition 19
Pick a subject: an idea, a plant, a belief, a pattern, an insect, and examine it in great detail. Enlarge, drill down, zoom in! Entrants were challenged to create a quilt using a technique of their choice to examine their subject. As always, the curators challenged participants to honor SAT’s origins by identifying an area or technique of fiber arts that you would like to explore and incorporate that in your piece. If you would like to join SAT, please join our Yahoo group!
Under the Sea – The Mason Dixon Quilt Professional Network
Under the Sea depicts underwater fun, fish, skeletons, pollution, underwater vents and mythical creatures! Various close-up vignettes are pictured in 15 quilts each measuring 18” x 24”. The quilt professionals who contributed to this exhibit include five quilt book authors with eleven books among them, two quilt shop/quilt business owners, 6 professional quilt teachers and three professional quilt judges. Several of our members have held various offices in national quilt organizations. Roughly a third of our members have partnerships with fabric manufactures, thread companies and notion companies.
Waddaya Mean Red and Turquoise Don’t Go Together?
Quilts by David Sirota
I’ve long been fascinated by simple, two-color quilts. Sometimes they are illusion quilts and sometimes not. But to me they strip the art of quilt making down to its basic foundation, leaving just the two colors and the pattern to make the statement. And it’s simply those two colors that can make or break the quilt. But why red and turquoise? An old friend, Michael Haykin, who’s an incredibly gifted fine artist, was the inspiration for this collection. He was working in acrylics when we were buddies back in the previous century, and I’d watch him use red and turquoise/teal together. I found the combination mesmerizing and all these years later I still do. I have searched for just-the-right red and just-the-right teal fabrics to recreate some of my favorite two-color quilts a-la-Haykin. OK, then why the striped fabric? Because I’m obsessed with it.
Wings – Quilts on the Wall
If I had wings, I'd fly up to heaven.
I'd look down from the clouds, on everything
then I could find all the things we've been missin'.
I would have all the answers, if I had wings.
~ Darius C. Rucker
The textile artist approaches a theme challenge to express their personal style with the emotion attached to the theme. “Wings” can be ethereal such as a structure with which gods, angels, or demons, are provided use to fly. Or, the term can be utilitarian and literal: an arm of a human being, a means or instrument of flight, travel, or progress. Wings are movement …They are winging to the coast or a bird on the wing. To be under one's wing, under one's protection, care, or patronage comes from the mother bird protecting her young. Or, maybe the artist will just wing it … improvise. Pictured: Flying Geese, of Course by Janet Lane-Tranbarger