Wednesday, May 20, 2015
FNF 4 -- Award of excellence
The fourth-place winner at Form, Not Function was Gay Lasher of Denver for her digitally printed whole-cloth quilt.
Gay Lasher, No Exit (detail below)
I like the design, a complicated mix of dense areas with open space, with curves and stripes placed with a sure hand. Digital printing allows quiltmakers to use complex images, impossible with traditional piecing or applique, and this is an excellent example of what can be done.
But what I find particularly stunning is the quilting. The printed image, looked at up close, has irregular lines between the different colors, and Lasher has quilted precisely along the boundaries, preserving every wave and wobble.
This award of excellence is given by River City Fiber Artists, a small group of six to which I have belonged for getting on twenty years; I'm proud that we helped start the FNF show and that we are still supporting it through our sponsorship. Providing an award at an art show is a gratifying experience, and I'll write more on that subject tomorrow. But meanwhile, hats off to Gay Lasher.