Monday, November 19, 2012

More on Quilts and View’s Other Exhibits

While “Quilts Unlimited” is on display downstairs at View (see the blog post for Oct. 11), there is invitational quilt and other textile work upstairs.  Mary Knapp has several of her amazing quilts on display, like this one, called “Flying Facets.”
Here’s what she says about it:

“The original overlap of the two blocks, Flying Swallows and Facets, produces a design that is both symmetrical and asymmetrical. The large diamonds look completely different depending on the arrangement of the small, internal diamonds and triangles. Machine quilting in the ditch outlines the patches. Hand quilting throughout softens the piece. Silks and tweeds are the fabrics used in this piece.”

Also upstairs is work by a group called “8 That Create” (  These shoes are a creation by Sue Bleiweiss. They are made from hand-painted silk bonded to size 6 ½ shoes by Ann Taylor.

And here is a series of “little black dresses” by (left to right) Jamie Fingal, Sue Bleiweiss, and Leslie Tucker Jenison.

Here’s what they say about their work.

Jamie Fingal: "My fiber artwork is made for the wall, and my philosophy about making quilts is more about having fun than about perfection. I use vibrant colors, shapes and textures to create artwork that invites the viewer in for a closer look. Being a rebel quilter, my style is eclectic, a little edgy, and sometimes whimsical."

Sue Bleiweiss: "A lot of my work revolves around how to create texture, both real and implied to a piece of cloth using dye, paint and stitching. The colors and textures in rusty, weathered surfaces fascinate me and I often use these as inspiration when I begin a new piece of work."

Leslie Tucker Jenison: "I draw inspiration from the repetitive patters, textures, and the effects of pressure in the microscopic as well as the larger world. Utilizing paint, dye, photography, and stitch, I create imagery to tell my stories on both cloth and paper."

The exhibits, both upstairs and downstairs, will close on Dec. 2. If you like classic beauty, artful whimsy, textiles and more tiles (there are mosaic tile sculptures by Shelly Hamill downstairs), shoes and more shoes (there are also glass shoe sculptures by Tina Betz downstairs), and  incredible talent, don’t miss these exhibits!

--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff

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