Monday, August 18, 2014

Mancuso World Quilt Show

The flowers above are "Coreopsis" subtly done by what method, I'm not sure, by Bernardine Hine of Australia.

These stripes, a wonderful play of subtle color that art quilters have been doing for a long time, are done by Kurshid Bamboat of the UK. It's called Versi 1.  There were a couple of Kaffee Fasset quilts in a special show of his work, that used color this subtly and beautifully.

The quilt above was called "Backgammon" but I can't seem to find the maker's listing in the program. I like the playfulness of the colors and the simple design.

This quilt is called "Let's Do the Dresden Twist" by Teri L. Cherne and it was "Best of the US" in the international section.  It's a very old pattern handled in the "Modern"  way with lots of white and lots of machine quilting. The scalloped  or "egg and dart" outer edge is a fanciful extra old fashioned bit.

 Of course there were many other very interesting quilts. A huge kimono shaped quilt from Japan done all in squares of red print was eye catching at the doorway to the hall.

We had a wonderful chat with Teresa Shippy who had a special exhibit of her old cars quilts-- 27 quilts about 15x25 (I'm guessing) We had never run into an artist who was cheerfully hanging out near her special exhibit and talking to viewers.  We learned a good bit about exhibiting and considerations by an artist who works in a series.

This was the first time Rachel had seen a Susan Shie quilt with all the diary writing and canvas full of figures and movement.  One has to admire her continuous inventiveness. I've been watching her work for at least 15 years. The same is true of Kaffee Fassett's work. It always looks glorious in his books and, in fact, it just as glorious on the wall -- and there must have been 20 -- a delight of color.  This year's Hoffmann challenge submissions, including the clothing and dolls as well as the wall quilts was all on display.  The fabric had a  lot of turquoise so there were many peacocks.  The American floor had a big display of applique quilts proving beyond any doubt that the Baltimore album idea is alive and well but getting a bit boring in large concentrations.

It's a glorious show, we were able to leave here a 7 AM and got home at 7 PM with a stop on the way home at the Ikea store south of Boston. I had never been to and Ikea store and Rachel says I didn't get the "whole Ikea experience" because she knew exactly where to find the items she wanted. But I was very, very impressed, especially at the plate of lox we had for dinner for only 4.99.


barbara judge said...

June -- I am so glad that you shared this beautiful post with your readers. I, at one time, collected vintage quilts that were hand stitched. I felt that the machine quilts were not as artistic --- but --- you prove me wrong. The quilts you show in your post are magnificent! I would have liked to see the kimono quilt and a Susan Shie quilt too. What an absolutely perfect day for you. barbara

June Calender said...

Thanks for your note, Barbara. I've looked forward to this show each year since I first saw it. It's as inspiring to me as visits to major museums. If you good Susan Shie, I'm sure you can see some of her quits on line. I should have photographed several other quilts, including the kimono-type one. I've learned that I don't really go back to my photos often so I only do a few.

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barbara judge said...

June -- Thanks for suggesting I look up Susan Shie online. Will leave this link of her exhibit in England for you. There is even a video of her explaining her quilts on the link below. Maybe you have seen it? She is a terrific art quilter! -- barbara

June Calender said...

Barbara, many thanks for the link. Shie's a wonderful quirky artist.