Yesterday I took the day off and drove down in a driving rain to Hampton Roads and the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. It’s always a source of inspiration and frustration at the same time. Frustration at seeing techniques/subject matter I wish I had thought of or had the creative ability to pull off.
This year I wanted to concentrate on capturing (on film, so to speak) artistic/innovative/non-traditional pieces. I was not disappointed.
I also ran into some quilty friends, Vicki W. from Field Trips in Fiber, Lynne S. and Karen D. from our old Electric Quilt class at Quilting Adventures, and Margaret G. from work.
First off, there was an exhibit from the Colonial Piecemakers guild in Williamsburg and I saw a couple of familiar names:
Catherine is quite creative and seems to have an endless supply of unique ideas.
Shirley is a very prolific quilter and picture-taker. I don’t think she was able to attend this year, otherwise I’m sure she’d give you a better tour of the show on her blog than I’m about to give you here. Margaret G. is also a member of Colonial Piecemakers but I didn’t see anything of hers displayed in the exhibit. I’ll have to ask her the next time I see her at the office.
Here are just some of the pieces on display. In some cases, I wish I had some way to show you the scale on these. Click on the photos to see them a little larger.
I thought Esterita’s was funny. I don’t know if you can see it but this couple is dining at a restaurant, with their cell phones on the table. The man is taking a digital photo of something and the woman is freshening her lipstick. This is much like what my husband and I do (except for the lipstick part).
I loved the colors in this one.
I’m interested in photos on fabric (as you’ll see in a bit). I also like the idea of dimensional elements on quilts.
I was not familiar with the name Barbara Barrick McKie, but I will certainly follow her from now on. She had a whole exhibit by herself. She is well-traveled, as you can see by the descriptions of the pieces, and combines photo applique with threadwork to make the most stunning artwork.
I don’t know if you can read the description, but the next one is by Susan Shie of Wooster, Ohio and is entitled “Garden of Haiti.” The writing all over the piece is about racism, Haiti’s long history with it and how it has prevented Haiti from quickly recovering from the earthquake.
This next one is just so darn cute and innovative:
To be continued. I have so many more photos to share with you, but posting them one at a time in this blog is excruciating. I’m going to have to figure out if it’s easier/faster to post them to Flickr first and then link to them here.
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