My husband and I have just gotten home from almost a month in Germany. The motivation was a combination of nostalgia (we lived there for three years when we were first married, many decades ago), family heritage (I found the villages where three of my great- and great-great-grandparents were born) and art (we spent a week in Berlin in which we visited 10 museums and the opera, and Nürnberg was no slouch either in the museum department, not to mention its magnificent churches).
And, oh yes, the reason we planned the trip in the first place, to attend the grand opening of Color Improvisations, a show curated by Nancy Crow that was designed to showcase machine-piecing. I was fortunate to have two quilts in the show; there were 26 artists in all, from North America and Europe. And I'm really happy that I can finally show you my quilts; we've been under embargo all along and at last we can share them with our friends instead of just mysteriously bitching about how hard they were to make.
Crazed 8: Incarceration -- detail
But I feel almost an obligation to keep piecing, swimming upstream against the trends in the fiber art world. Kind of like the last ten speakers of some obscure tongue, who need to keep talking lest their language become extinct. Wouldn’t they feel guilty if they lay on the couch watching reality TV while their heritage disappeared?
So meeting my fellow artists at the show was a heartening experience, because we all know what it’s like to buck the trends and remain faithful to a waning craft. There was some surface design in evidence – in particular, Bonnie Bucknam and Terry Jarrard-Dimond use their own masterly hand-dyed fabrics, and Cathy Shanahan and Sylvia Sutherland are dye-painting their fabric. But everybody was piecing at some place along the way.
Check out a bunch of photos from the opening.