I wrote already about the "plain old quilts" on display at Fantastic Fibers, at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah KY. Today I'll talk about "fancy quilts" -- those with embellishments, or raw edges, or irregular shapes, or non-cotton fabrics, or other non-traditional elements. Sometimes I think people take these fancy techniques too far, so that the technique becomes more important than the subject. But I liked all the ones I'm about to show you; the fancy twists worked.
Deborah Bein, Broken Promises (detail below)
Figurative, strange, different, mysterious and fun, all at the same time.
I liked the juxtaposition of phototransfer, screenprinting and drawing with the quilting line to make a single scene. I'm always on the lookout for ways to use photos that don't just sit there making up the entire quilt; this one works with a light hand and an excellent sense of balance.
Still have to write about the weaving, embroidery and other techniques seen at FF, but they will have to wait for another post.