We usually go in the middle of summer and are in the gallery almost all by ourselves. I wondered if we would enjoy it as much with the throngs of people who were in attendance. We did! It was wonderful talking to the artists and hearing the inside information on how or why they made their piece. We were also there for the SAQA conference where we got to hear from the jurors and their insight as to why they chose what they did. And we had plenty of time between talks to go back and look at the art up close and personal.
I didn't think that photos were allowed so I didn't even bring a camera, but people were snapping away left and right. So I got out my iPhone and joined the crowd. Since I had purchased the catalog, I mostly took details. My FiberWorks group's challenge for this year is "texture" so I was interested to see how other artists achieved that goal and that is mostly what I took.
|Detail of Tracngs III|
I took several detail shots. It was one of those quilts that you could look at all day and keep discovering new things. What an imagination and impeccable stitching!
Brienne Elizabeth Brown's, Moonset was of a similar vein in which she did fabulous stitching on silk. the silk was the same color throughout, but she changed thread color very effectively to demarcate the circle and the band below.
|Detail of Moonset Look at all the critters and creatures.|
The texture in Luanne Rimel's "Enigma with a Flower" was brought about by hand stitching.
I only have a detail shot of Charlotte Ziebarth's "Reverberations: Yellowstone Waters". What wonderful texture!
Shin-heee Chin's "Florence Nightingale" won "The Most Innovative Use of the Medium" award. It was made from coiled fabric and paper tubing using basket making techniques. It was amazing!
|Detail of "Florence Nightingale"|
I don't have a full picture of this Best of Show winner by Brooke A. Atherton, "Springfield", which was texture to the extreme. She used maps, glass, found objects and much much more to achieve her goal. It was a very large quilt at 97 inches wide. There was so much going on, that I could have taken dozens of pictures. I just show you two here.
I was going to show you some more, but I'm getting tired of writing and you are probably getting tired of reading. Suffice it to say that it was a wonderful show. Get the catalog to see all the quilts. Of course it's nothing like seeing it in person and QN is open all summer. Go if you can.