November 15th, 2013
Wow! The competition in this category, Art Quilts – Pictorial, was fierce. It is an honor just to have one’s quilt accepted into this show. Winning an award, even an honorable mention would be like a giant scoop of icing on the top of the cake! Enjoy this selection!
Oklahoma Windsong won the Future Of Quilting Award, sponsored by Omnigrid and a $1,000 cash prise. The quilt, by Cherrie Hampton is masterful!!! Sadly, I did not photograph the sign that accompanied this quilt so I cannot provide detail on the story behind the quilt.
Another beauty by Jerry Granata. He writes, “Doors represent opportunity and mystery. This quilt was teh result of an art group challenge. Fabrics were batiks, commercial cotton, and my hand-painted cloth. Also used were vinyl, theatrical gels, felt, yard, ribbon, and twine.”
The whimsical nature of this quilt, due in large part to the title, makes this a particularly interesting quilt. Kristen writes, “This quilt was made in response to a challenge to enter the Ultimate Guild Challenge. Our chosen them was “Out of Africa”. When I saw the photo taken by Maqsood Mughal, I had my inspiration.
Yoshiko writes, “The idea of a pair of quilts is adopted from traditional Japanese sliding doors. I especially tried to detail muscles which control beautifully delicate movement of fins. I have realized from goldfish given the life in the aquarium that human life is given by the Earth.”
Ancient Echoes won 2nd Place in the Art – Pictorial category, a complex quilt that combines the iiguana of today with ancient cultures. Jan Reed writes, “This iguana is using his sunbathing hours to reflect on his ancestors’ interaction with the past glory of the Mayan culture. over 250 pieces of fabric were used to create this image using both applique and reverse applique.”
How can one not simply fall in love with the creative, colorful and whimsical quilts of David Taylor. He writes. “This is my second rooster quilt, and this one has a whole lot more attitude! Finding the perfect had-marbled fabrics was the key to the feathers . . . that, and amassing enough different red “textured” prints for his wattle.”
Eileen Williams has captured the underwater scene beautifully with her exquisite detail in Honu Harmony. I can almost imagine myself to be the snorkeler coming upon this scene. She writes, “Earth’s oceans are home to vast numbers of sea creatures, many of which have become endangered. Sea turtles are not on that list and are facing the threat of extinction. We must work together to preserve these creatures and their habitat, and be mindful of the human effect on the balance of nature in our seas.”
Closing out this section is another incredible quilt by Hollis Chatelain whose threadwork, painting, and quilting always combine to create a masterful image. She writes, “The drawing of Forest Spirit was made while visit the Milford Sound rain forest in New Zealand. On of the bewildering things to me is the fact that there is very little wildlife in this lush and compact forest. Nevertheless, I knew that there were beings hidden among the shadows, forest spirits that I could almost feel peering out of the depths of the vegetation.”
Stay tuned . . .