A 2015 Quilt National Prize Winner

It’s an odd numbered year so there’s a new Quilt National exhibit to see in Athens, Ohio. In case you don’t follow art quilt stuff, QN is the Big Kahuna of juried art quilt exhibits in the U.S. I’m headed there with a friend this week, but in the meantime I’ll ogle photos of the prize winners.

To return to the title of this post, first time participant Kathleen Probst was awarded the Kathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist award for her Blue Veil.

Probst_BlueVeil_53x55-300x288She’s been paring down her work over time, and this one is very Zen to me. I imagine the quilting lines as the marks left by a rake in a Zen garden. I gather she has been a  whitewater rafting guide, and has been basing some of her work on river rocks.  She dyes her own fabrics. But I’ll let her tell you about her QN experiences, in four parts. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

I’ll leave it to you to explore her other series. Here’s one of my favorites, Rhythm Section. I love the tilted shape at the bottom of the right column. And I notice I like that color scheme.



Filed under Art quilts, Commentary, Inspiration, Quilt Shows

8 responses to “A 2015 Quilt National Prize Winner

  1. Love the second one, do not like the first one at all. It looks like a horizon line as seen through the Honda logo. I would definitely view it as “unduly simple”. Whereas the second one has unity and variety and unpredictability.
    But to each their own!

    • Thank you for a refreshing alternative perspective on this quilt. At this year’s QN you could vote for viewers choice. Each of the four people I saw the show with voted for a different piece. My point is that I embrace individual opinions rather than group think.

  2. Those are both stunning! I like that color combo–so fresh and jazzy but still tied to the natural world.

  3. jennyklyon

    Yes, I love this piece and her work. Two parts of QN were in my neck of the woods at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and it was fabulous to see the work in person. I’m looking forward to hearing about your visit!

    • 2/3 of QN in your neighborhood! I love the way she keeps paring down her work. I realize many view this as unduly simple, but it’s hard to divest one’s work of the nonessential. And this year’s QN is way better than 2013. Fabulous dyed pieces, thoughtful pieces, playful pieces, and only one real klunker.

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