Monday, June 30, 2014

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Some one should invent a quilt block with a little girl in a big bonnet!

Sunbonnet Sue goes to the pool

If you ever wondered how "Sunbonnet Sue" got started, here is a little history of Sue and some of her first creators.

The little sunbonnet girl above is my granddaughter, Charlotte, who spent the weekend with us at our Raleigh home.  What a joy!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last Look at Art Quilt Whimsy! Exhibit

The Art Quilt Whimsy! exhibit at the Page-Walker Art and History Center in Cary, NC, will be taken down after this weekend.  There are still a few quilts that I liked but have not yet featured on my blog.

Whimsical Bayou, by Joan Raciti, appealed to me quite a bit.  I love the colors, the imaginative foliage, and the somewhat abstract "critters" she created.

The circular landscape quilt, Land or Sea?, looks lovely on the wall, and calls to mind my visit to Hawaii a few years ago.

Dreams of Flying was one of two quilts by Denny Webster in which she pictures herself seeing the earth from above.

Line Dancing, by Gerrie Congdon, was one of my favorites, with its glowing colors.

 The next quilt really meets the definition of Whimsy, in my opinion, and reminds me a bit of the colorful art of fabric designer Laurel Burch.

As someone who has attempted to paint realistic portraits, I appreciated the next quilt which has a portrait on fabric.

The next quilt featuring snow falling on the village  includes lots of interesting techniques.  I'm not too crazy about the face and arms on the sun, but do like this one quite a lot.

 The next few pictures are of a city scape done in red and black.

 I love the next one, which would be so fun to create.  It is almost a great big journal quilt recording events in the maker's life.

And, finally, I had to include Pamela's Chix, which refers to my online teacher Pamela Allen.  She jokingly calls her students her chickies.  One of her students made a Pamela-styled quilt in her honor

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Quilty Visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art

Paintings, textiles, quilting friends, and delicious food made for a perfect day today!  Nine of us went to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, which is only about five minutes from my house.  One of the ladies in my art quilt bee arranged for a docent tour of the Impressionist paintings, and of other items in the collection that might be of interest to quilters.

I enjoyed the chance to revisit the Impressionist-style work in the museum collection.  My favorite is this Monet, The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists.

After brief introductions to the paintings, we visited the Rodin sculpture gallery, a few of the contemporary paintings, and then the African gallery.  We were all gob-smacked by this costume from Africa.

Egungun Masquerade Costume front

Apparently the costume is worn by dancers, who must peer out from between the beads located near the headdress.  At each event, a new panel is added, so this costume is extremely heavy, with many layers of heavy beaded, sequined and stitched fabric.

Egungun Masquerade Costume, detail

I would love to see someone dancing in this get-up, with the ornate panels swirling and moving.

There is another piece in the museum that we all admired, an immense assemblage of labels and parts of everyday items like aluminum cans by El Anatsui titled Lines That Link Humanity.  You can see that it extends from floor to ceiling.

Dimensions: (irregular) 18 x 25 ft. (5.49 x 7.62 m)
Medium: Discarded aluminum and copper wire
One of the last pieces we viewed was Bride, an amazing display of hand-blown glass staged to look like a tiered wedding cake.  Many of the glass objects recall familiar items from famous paintings, especially still lives.

BrideBeth Lipman, 2010

Admission to the NCMA is free except for occasional special exhibits.  The docent tour was also free.        

What a great way to spend a morning with friends!