Ruth http://ruthanneolson.blogspot.com/ is a friend, a prolific quilter, and a member of Sisters in Cloth, a quilters' group on the Connecticut shoreline. Maryhttp://www.marylachman.com/ and http://www.mothatthewindow.com/ is not only a quilter but a writer, having just brought out an edition of her late grandfather's poetry from the 1930s.
And I...I'm doing the blog hop with Ruth Ann and Mary, and not only that, but today I can report on a show I saw this morning: Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators.
Today I went to see that show with my Hartford buddy Linda Martin and my college roommate, Rosalie Lamontagne, who lives in Whitinsville, MA, about 45 minutes from the museum.
"From the humble beginnings of human needs to survive, fiber artists today have turned the basic necessities of the past into art of the highest quality," the Game Changers brochure reads. "Quiltmakers are taking the grid and the crazy quilt and concentrating on color over pattern. Embroiderers are designing elaborate wall pieces, and the sewing machine is now as important in the fiber arts as the loom has been. Novel materials such as cantaloupe rind, wasp nests, and film strips are being used. The world of fiber art continues to amaze with its multiple facets."
The piece below is made of cotton and wire.
|Time of Ten Suns by Carol Eckert|
A tapestry, like the one below, is much closer to the kind of art that comes to mind when I think of fiber art. But look at the colors in this tapestry! And the weird figures:
|Warrior of Night in the Blue Light by Maximo Laura|
|Truth to Power by Adrienne Sloane|
|Odd Pair by Jan Hopkins|
This map of New York City is constructed with giant stitches:
|New York City Map by Ruben Marroquin|
|Boots Sculpture by John McQueen, with my buddy and college roommate Rosalie|
|Summer Meadow by Carol Shinn|
|Can you believe this one was created entirely with thread painting?|
Outside, the museum's grounds bear exploring:
|Linda and Rosalie|