Saturday, June 4, 2011
Quilt National report 4 -- innovation
The award for Most Innovative Use of the Medium at this year's Quilt National went to Naomi Adams for her quilt, "Greek."
I have often disagreed with the judges' choice on this award, most notably in 2003 when it went to Michael James for a piece that was Photoshopped and printed onto fabric. It was a striking quilt, but by 2003, you may recall, there was little new about either Photoshop or printing from the computer onto fabric.
But this year I thought the judges were absolutely on track. Head-on, the quilt has an interesting overall design of script that appears to make words, but on closer inspection is nonsense -- or as graphic designers would call it, greeking. But close-up, you realize that the letters are three-dimensional, each one constructed from a sandwich of black fabric and dyed batting, formed into the appropriate twist and glued to the background quilt. They stand out about an inch from the background. Wow! (Sorry, my camera saw it as brown but it's really black.)
PS Naomi is having quite a month! Her work was also featured in the new issue of Surface Design.