Occasional Wednesday Salon

When I came across this piece by Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer I was transfixed. Here was someone who shared my fascination with large blocks of transparent color and achieved the effects I longed for.

personalgeometry_MeyerPersonal Geometry

According to her website, Meyer  teaches at the Studio School of the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.  The work shown on her website dates from 2005 and earlier. I have no idea what she’s been making since. I know she teaches workshops in places such as New Zealand, and seems to have ties to that country.

Here’s one of her more recent pieces from a SAQA blog entry posted in 2013.

Jeannette Meyer_essentialmaps6Essential Maps 6

She is co-author with Ann Johnston of Speaking in Cloth: 6 Quilters, 6 Voices, that is a companion to a traveling international exhibit of the same name.

geography_spirit_MeyerGeography of the Spirit

context_MeyerContext

thatnight_MeyerThat Night

Her artist’s statement:

I try to make each quilt as simple, essential, and direct as I can. I want viewers to be able to visually enter my quilts and walk through fields of color to the still, contemplative space within. That is the place my work comes from and the place I hope to lead others to when it is done.

My guess is she combines hand dyed fabric with dyed/painted organza to get that melting, see through effect. I didn’t notice the quilting at first, but it’s integral to the design in at least half the quilts on her website. To me this is refreshing as machine quilting sometimes veers towards showing off how much thread can be used.

My new goal is to take a class with her.

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10 responses to “Occasional Wednesday Salon

  1. Judy

    Empty Spools looks like Nirvana! Would love to go. The problem, of course, would be picking just one class…

  2. Jeanette is teaching Session I Feb. 22-27 at Asilomar next year. Wait list only at this point but you might want to look into it anyway. http://www.emptyspoolsseminars.com I’m going to be there too!

    • What a lineup of teachers! And yeah, the ones I’m interested in are sold out. I think I know what to put on my wish list when my husband asks what I really want.

      • They often get cancellations up to the last minute so if your schedule (and pocketbook!) are flexible you could try the waiting list. Knowing you’re interested in her work, I’ll see if I can get some pictures!

      • You’ve definitely got me interested. I’ll check into what it would take, in $ and plane schedules, to get there. I think she may be teaching in Ohio in June, but I have a potential conflict with the date.

  3. If you really want to immerse yourself, then do look into Empty Spools ay Asilomar! It’s 5 days of immersion; meals are served in the dining hall, there is maid service in your room; classrooms are available before and after official class times. And if you need to clear your head, the ocean is a short walk down the boardwalk. Check out their website and look at some of my blog posts and Flickr sets about it!

  4. jennyklyon

    Love her! She teaches almost every year at Empty Spools. I’ve wanted to take her. I forget where you live-Assilomar is a fabulous venue to take classes at.

    • Rub it in about how many fabulous teachers show up in California. Ohio, where I live, has Nancy Crow’s barn (which is great but has limited classes) and the SDQF in Columbus every June. Of course there are lots of other classes, but I’m limiting my list to retreats where you can immerse yourself and not worry about what to make for dinner.

  5. These quilts are really spectacular–the more I look at them, the more I notice! I hope you get the chance to work with her and report back here!

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