Monday, April 18, 2016
Art Quilt Elements 1 -- pieced quilts
I wrote earlier about the first two winners at Art Quilt Elements; now let me tell you about some of the other quilts that struck me at this excellent exhibit. You know I'm a sucker for piecing, and I was happy to see so many pieced quilts. Let me show you some of them.
First off, it's always nice to see Karen Schulz's work (she got best in show at the last Quilt National). I thought the very straight lines were an interesting twist that I don't think I've seen in previous pieces, and I was in love with the lavender/red color juxtaposition in the middle; I have used those two colors together many times myself.
I met Cher several years ago at a Nancy Crow workshop and you can see that she has mastered improvisational piecing -- those confident freehand curves show the individuality of the artist's hand in every line of the quilt. I like the cheerful clear colors, saved from rainbow predictability by that strong black triangle.
I am not familiar with Kerri Green's work but I like this piece a lot and will keep an eye out hoping to see more of her quilts in the future. The "floor plan" is elegantly, asymmetrically balanced and the red-orange palette is beautifully handled. Simple machine quilting sets off the architectural lines nicely.
Another new name to me, but one that I'm sure I'll be seeing again in the important venues. The quirky quarter-circle motifs and odd palette give a mid-century vibe to this quilt. I like the way the large shapes are offset by a few skinny lines and bits for contrast.
This doesn't begin to exhaust the piecing at AQE; more in another post soon.