So earlier I wrote about the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive! trade show in mid/late October and some general thoughts. I then showed off some of the examples from one of the workshops I attended.
I didn’t mention that there were also two displays at the show of completed quilts in a sort of competition/exhibition. One was all full-sized quilts (with a theme of patriotism or military or Canadiana I’m not sure exactly…) and I’ll admit that I wasn’t especially inspired by them, so I didn’t take any photos. The other was more of an art-inspired, textile exhibition. I found some of them really nice, and took a few photos.
Like the Sunflower quilt that Carola showed us – this one was most likely made by discharge (bleach). I think that the artist/quilter started off by custom-dying the background fabric in the gradation from green to yellow to orange to rust, and then used a stamp or something to bleach out a few leaves “falling” down to the ground.
Notable is that the leaves do vary in size, but the largest leaves are near the bottom while the smaller ones are towards the top. This gives the impression of distance. The boldest quilting seems to be a wind blowing down, while the background filler quilting is geometric.
This quilt is called “Blown into my yard III” and is by Margie Davidson from Edmonton, Alberta.
She writes ” Having grown up in Ontario the memory of vivid red and orange maple leaves is a part of me. Maple leaves are my favorite leaves to sunprint with when I am painting fabric. But a maple tree is rare here in Alberta where I have lived for half my life. I seek them out. My neighbor has one. The next closest, a silver maple is 20 blocks away. I am always delighted when the maple leaves from that neighbor’s tree are blown into my yard.”
(I suppose that means that rather than discharge, this is a sunprint?)
The next quilt is called Crows and Crabapples and is by Emilie Belak from Grand Forks, BC.
She writes “A crabapple tree in front of the dining room provides beauty and entertainment year round. the crows occupy a linden tree by the compost bin watching for the daily scraps. Combining these two seemed like fun. Crows are definitely not unique to British Columbia and you might have multitudes of your own. Let my crows span the distance gap from west to east and bring you smiles and cheer.”
I like the imagery of the crows, and the bright pops of red along with the dark brown branches and dark birds is very bold against the varied blues of the background. I really like the background itself too – it looks so subtle from a distance, but up close you can see that it is loads of little rectangles all lined up and appliqued (fused) and stitched down to the background to create one layer of quilting on top of which the applique is added.
The next quilt I really like, but can’t even imagine reproducing in any way – it is called “Kanaka Creek Sunset” and it is by Vivian Kapusta from Maple Ridge in BC.
She writes “Kanaka Creek is named for the Hawaiians who worked across the Fraser River at Fort Langley. The pilings were used at the turn of the century to tie up log booms by the Abernathy and Lougheed Railway & Logging Co. The Kanaka Park is one of my favorite walks along the banks of the Fraser.”
With the lighting in the room I wasn’t able to get as good of a shot of this as I would have liked to really represent what it looked like. Basically it seemed as though the quilt was as much a quilt as it was painting with thread. The sunset in particular was really well done (and really blown out in the photo so you can’t really see it at all… ) with all of the yellow threads coming from the ‘sun’ in the centre.
Looking at the details- it also looked like the fabric was more dyed and painted than pieced, which was kind of cool, and an interesting way to reproduce the image.
The final quilt that I really liked and took a photo of (there were many more quilts than just this, but only a few that I really liked) is called Too Far Away by Pat Findlay from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The exhibition was put on by the Fiber Art Network of Western Canada, and represented artists/quilters from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
About Too Far Away, Pat writes “…In this piece I have focused on the most obvious image in the night sky – the Milky Way – and one image that is seen in the same way throughout the world. I have futhur tried to include many generations of man, by including the oldest religious symbol know – the triple spiral, which has been adopted and used by many belief systems in our history.”
The triple spiral is used in the background quilting of the piece, and in addition to beading the piece extensively (I would suggest that the beading is creating the “art” of the piece much more so than the quilting…) the artist also used silver paint to expand the “milky way’ around from just the beads.
The eye is really drawn to the one very large glass piece which is not a bead I suppose – as it is sort of couched onto the quilt with silver threads, and framed in small white beads (possibly hiding the base of the silver threads?) Some of the larger white circles might also be buttons instead of beads, since they seem to be flat. This is actually something that I think would be a lot of fun to try to reproduce. It sure would be fun to collect all of the beads!