Friday, May 24, 2019
Form, Not Function 1 -- best in show
Best in show at Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is this wonderful quilt by Judy Kirpich:
As in most of Judy's quilts, this one starts with hand dyed cotton and achieves its complexity with dozens of pieced rings. It has both hand and machine quilting.
Although I had the opportunity to watch Judy at work once when we shared a week at a workshop, I still can't conceive of how she manages to insert pieced circles and still have her quilt end up pretty flat. She is some genius at the sewing machine, that's for sure.
My fellow prize judges and I did not read either the title or the artist statement before we chose it as best in show; we didn't know exactly what it was about but the dark, powerful emotion came through even without words. And of course, the visual complexity of the image and the masterful technique were obvious.
Judy's having a great night -- while we're announcing her big prize at the Carnegie, she's at the Dairy Barn in Athens OH to help announce the big prizes at Quilt National, for which she served as a juror. We wish she could be in both places at once!