Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Museum demonstrations Sunday Feb. 23rd,2014

Next weekend Sunday Feb. 23rd I have the honor to be invited to demonstrate some of my old fashioned quilting know how at the beautiful exhibition of antique quilts called Workt by Hand currently on display in the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Several quilters from the DC Modern quilt guild will be there from Noon until 5 PM answering questions about our work and the quilts in the show. It really is a magnificent exhibition from the vaults of the ancient Brooklyn NY Art Museum's holdings.
I am planning to bring along my Victorian style hand embroidered Crazy Quilt to show and tell by the real things! After all the modern work shown at the Anacostia Arts Center's Stitched exhibition and the doris-mae Man on Man show this is a real throw back for me and my projects. I began the Crazy Quilt inspired by a museum show or something that escapes me now back in 1999. I know my sister was going to work it up with me but found she is too busy with her pets and work to do embroidery. after a couple years work on the piecing and embroidery I discovered it makes my neck ache to the point of disability and it's laid in a box for a long time waiting for me to get the courage to put it all together.
There most of it is laid out on my bed. The work I have been doing first is to piece the big 30 inch or more blocks together. The hand work is all embroidery on all the seams. I have a rich red velvet to back this quilt once it is in one top section. Then I guess it will be tied to keep the front and back together. Usually there is no batting in a crazy quilt. Hope you can drop by and talk with us about hand quilting techniques and the beautiful work on display in the museum this Sunday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New year begins with exhibits

This year is moving very fast but my creative energy is resting while I get my quilts from last year ready to show. The Wash. DC Modern Quilt Guild was invited to show at the  Anacostia Arts Center as a result of the interest in the "Orange Explains It" quilt which hung there in ArtRomp last September where my friend Thomas Drymon from Triangle Artists Group asked  to show my quilts in his experimental art space along bustling 14th. NW. I was delighted to have the invitations to do both exhibits and surprised to discover they will open the same day. Saturday Feb. 15th.

First show is in the Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Rd, SE from 4-7 PM opening with lots of other Modern Quilt Guild events planned.
Including a guild quilt sewing day where you can drop in to see the show and how we make quilts on March 22nd, 11-4 PM
The exhibition runs February 15 - March 29. A public opening reception will be held on February 15 from 4 - 7 p.m. Viewing hours are Tuesday- Saturday from 11 am - 7 pm and during special events. Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.
“Quilting has seen a recent resurgence in interest by practitioners, collectors, and spectators; we are thrilled to be showcasing talented local artisans. Having the Arts Center’s walls wrapped-up snugly in over two dozen quilts make for the perfect winter exhibition,” remarks Director Kate Taylor Davis.

The second show opening 6-9 PM at doris-mae gallery on 1716 14th St. 2nd floor WDC tel. 202-299-0027
Sunday March 2nd at 2 PM we have an artist talk planned.

Man on Man
Tom Hill, Frederick Nunley,
John Thomas Paradiso and
Dwayne Butcher at doris-mae

Show dates: February 15-March 14, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-9pm
Artists talk: Sunday, March 2, 2pm

1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor

Washington DC 20009

In Man on Man, four artists directly or indirectly comment on the formation of the masculine identity and the representation and expectations on men in contemporary society. In addition, they each use materials and methods in ways that are unexpected and exciting, challenging the notion of craft as fine art and the traditional medium and materials men and women have used to express themselves. 
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