Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Fiber art in Traverse City
I spent last week with my sister in Traverse City MI and was delighted to discover that a new exhibit of fiber art has just opened at the Dennos Museum Center, the work of Detroit quilter Carole Harris, made over a time span from the early 90s to just this year. I have never seen Harris's work in any of the usual art/quilt show venues, and was happy to discover her!
As is true of so many of us, her work has changed a lot in three decades, from piecing that would win the quilt police seal of approval to a much looser fabric collage approach featuring distressed fabrics, rust and other stains, holes, frayed edges, improvisational hand stitching, fabrics of greatly differing weights and textures, the whole atmospheric variety of fiber-not-on-best-behavior.
Carole Harris, The Sun's Gon' Shine In My Backdoor Someday, 1993
Oh, those fabulous 90s jeweltones! Oh, that black! Oh those hanging cord/fringe/doodads! Oh that kimono form! I seem to recall a whole lot of quilts from that era using that same recipe, although most of them not as good as these.
But look at what she's doing now:
Carole Harris, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, 2018 (details below)