Art Quilting Beyond Arts and Crafts

Structure # 46 Lisa Call copyright 2005

Art quilting, fiber art or whatever you choose to call it, has had its share of controversy. That statement might surprise many people.  Let me give some background.  

For many traditional quilters, art quilts and the techniques involved didn’t seem to fit in with traditional quilting. Which was true, there were some elements of traditional quilting   involved, but more & more, as this form developed, the techniques became less like traditional quilting and more like art. On the other hand,   the art world tended to view art quilting as more arts & crafts than art work, & certainly not a genuine art form. Museums didn’t accept  fiber or quilt arts.  Art shows and exhibits generally didn’t accept entries.  Many art quilters and fiber artists felt they didn’t fit in anywhere.

I think Jane Dunneworld  sums up the struggle that any new art movement has with the establishment.

Quotes from Existential Neighborhood

Visioning a Creative Existence

Posted by Jane Dunnewold

“Art Quilts: Emerging Genres This is the text of a lecture given on February 1, 2011, in conjunction with the Form/Not Function art quilt exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art in New Albany, Indiana.

One aspect of art history I find fascinating is the connections that exist from one art movement to the next. Looking briefly at a few major periods in art history helps us to understand the evolution of art quilt genres – and gives us a sense of place and context – perhaps indicating what we need to do to further the growth and expansion of the art quilt movement. “

After discussing the struggle various art movements went through to gain acceptance from the status quo she made these comparisons.

. “Because in every case, artists introducing a new way of defining and quantifying art met resistance from the galleries and artists who were the established powerhouses of the day. Most of the movements I’ve mentioned were actually labeled as degenerate by the Nazis…. The field is now 40 years old, and genres are emerging. Some are recognizably linked back to traditional quilts. Others are not. What is true is that the same struggle to find a unique voice that characterizes ALL of modern art history is going on now – as art quilts evolve as an art form “.

To read the entire article go to existentialneighborhood.blogspot.com/ http://www.artclothstudios.com/index.php

Denise Havlan Lily’s Blanket

In the 60’s a change in the perception of quilts as art came in the persons of  two art collectors, Jonathan Holstein and Gale van der Hoof. They began collecting quilts for their artistic value instead of their utilitarian value.  Due to their influence the Whitney Museum in New York opened an exhibition composed of quilts.. Change was in the  air.                       

Ann Brauer Rainbows of Summer                                                                                                                                                                                       

Organizations like Quilt National, Quilt San Diego and SAQA began to be formed to raise awareness and promote this art form.  A  quote from  SAQA’S web site concerning their founding & mission gives insight into the determination of art quilters to be heard.

“”The Birth of a Vision”

by Kim La Polla

Believing in the need to establish a place for art quilts in the world of contemporary fine art, in 1989 Yvonne Porcella sent out 50 letters to artists and friends to rally them to her cause. And so Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) was born. “

Their vision was to create an organization to:

  • “Promote art quilts to major art publications, museums, and galleries
  • Educate the public about art quilts
  • Serve as a forum for the professional development of quilt artists
  • Act as a resource for curators, dealers, consultants, teachers, students, and collectors””
  • www.saqa.com/t

Due to the efforts of many pioneers of the movement, things are changing.

  Quilt artist Ann Fahl, suggests that the support and solidarity of art quilters has contributed to raised awareness.

What I see… is considerable support, sharing and networking between quilters. …We have formed large groups like SAQA, smaller regional organizations like PAQA in Chicago area, and personal and critique groups that meet in living rooms and studios across the country. ..We are also fortunate to have organized large exhibitions and competitions world-wide,  that offer lectures, workshops, vendors and exhibits open to everyone.


 This expands the general knowledge base of the public, provides teaching opportunities for experienced artists, an opportunity to sell related products,

and in general provides education about all things fiber.”

From the studio of Ann Fahl , quilt artist-

Ann Fahl Spring Gift


 Hard earned acceptance in the art community has been coming,  many museums are including fiber art these day .  Emerging and respected fiber artists are gaining recognition.

One thing is for certain,  art quilting is here to stay. It is rising in popularity, and this art form is evolving in many new innovative directions as well. Exciting things are happening.

What this means for art collectors and the general public alike is this; now is a good time to buy art quilts & fiber art. You can afford original art for very reasonable prices.

Especially attractive is the fact that their value continues to rise.  From an investment standpoint, fiber art is currently a bargain. This won’t be the case for long. There is a window of opportunity that will close soon. Because the art quilt has arrived, & the only place it is going is up!

Tracy McCabe Stewart Torii Gate,

Thanks to

Lisa Call

Welcome!

http://blog.lisacall.com

Denise Tallon Havlan

Art Quilter, Lecturer, Teacher

www.denisehavlan.com

Ann Brauer

web: http://www.annbrauer.com

Blog:  http://annbrauer.blogspot.com/

Ann Fahl Quilt Artist

http://www.annfahl.com

http://annfahl.blogspot.com

Tracy McCabe Steward

www.tracymccabestewart.com/

Jane Dunneworld 

existentialneighborhood.blogspot.com/

 http://www.artclothstudios.com/ 

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

About Myself & My Approach To My Art About Myself & My Approach To My Art I can't remember a time in life, that art didn't play a role, in one form or another. But my primary focus as an artist, has been painting. Close to 20 years ago, I was introduced to quilting & quickly became passionate about it. However to create a quilt there are some necessary steps that have to be followed, this obviously restricts some of the creative choices. I began to miss the creative freedom possible with painting. Since there are only so many hours in a day and I had other important things going on in my life, I had to focus my interests. When I discovered mixed media art quilting, it was a great fit. The combination of quilting techniques with painting and other art skills opened new creative directions to explore. I was home! It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges. Then I follow where it leads. My approach is more of an instinctual one. I usually don't do much pre-planning. My creative choices are made as they present themselves, based on my gut feeling. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. Personal Links

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