“With These Hands” Exhibit

On the way to my Sue Benner workshop my travel companion and I stopped at the Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio, to take in the With These Hands art quilt exhibit. Actually, I made the stop a condition of doing the driving, as I have a piece in the exhibit. I hadn’t realized the quality of the company my quilt was keeping until I got there.

The exhibit was organized in conjunction with the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS), which is held each June in Columbus, Ohio. The works shown are a good cross section of art quilt approaches and techniques, though a bit light on the Nancy Crow style solids, which are plentiful at this year’s Quilt National exhibit. The Ross Museum exhibit is up until June 30, so if you’re driving I-71 through central Ohio or near Columbus, consider stopping by. I can find no online photos of the whole exhibit.

One approach I saw on several quilts was segmentation, either with separate strips or with panels sewn together after much of the work was done. Here are some examples.

Frauke Palmer made ten narrow panels connected only at the top.

Wen Redmond tied 21 panels together after creating variations of the same photo.

In “shell river” Lee Thomson created four panels separately, then hand sewed them together and added the button river.

Other quilts emphasized surface design.

Dominie Nash used crocheted pieces to print from in “Grandfather’s Garden.” Various shibori dyeing techniques are featured in Sharon Weltner’s “The Gateway to Night Time Vision.”

Some stood out for their color.

Trance by Kathleen Kastles grabs your eye from the entrance to the exhibit. Those blues and the narrow shape make it dramatic.Lots of little pieces of fabric make up the “rocks” in Beth Porter Johnson’s “Rhythms Within III.” Four Story Walk-up by Linda Strowbridge also uses small bit piecing.

Theresa Rearden used wonky half square triangles set in curves in “Off The Grid.” The detail of the ribbon overlay and the quilting shows below. There are also lots of french knots.Sandra Ciolino’s quilting in “Voluta #6 Solista” is exquisitely controlled.Finally, here’s my The Language of Pink Elephants, punching well above its weight.

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8 responses to ““With These Hands” Exhibit

  1. Wow, that’s wonderful! Your quilt was in good company and well-suited to the exhibit. And a bunch of terrific pictures, though likely it’s nothing like being there. I especially like Four Story Walk-Up and shell river. Thanks for sharing.

    • It’s too bad the exhibit won’t travel as most of the pieces in it deserve a wide audience. Glad you enjoyed the abbreviated version (ie., the photos that weren’t blurry) of the show.

  2. Your piece has great contract which, I think, kicks it up a notch! Congratulations on being part of this exhibition. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful array and diverse group of art quilts.

  3. What a great-looking exhibit–you were in good company! It’s interesting to see the trends. I especially like the very colorful quilts, and the wonky half-square triangles (maybe because the ones I just did turned out sort of wonky but not on purpose . . .) Congratulations on your inclusion–I’ve always liked that quilt!

    • It’s a very nice exhibit, with internationally known fiber artists well represented. I still don’t know how my piece got chosen. Maybe the jurors liked the title.

      • Barbara

        Or maybe they liked your great quilt! Very fun piece. And, what a super exhibit to be in. Where do you find calls for entries?

      • Whatever the reason, I felt honored to have my work in the show. I found out about the call for entries through Lyric Kinard’s blog, I think.

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