Quilt National seems to be a show that most art quilters aspire to enter. Several members of our region were juried in this year and now that the exhibition has opened we are able to take a look at some of their work.
From the Quilt National website:-
Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been — an art form.
The works in a Quilt National exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement.
Dorte Jensen from Denmark is the first artist in this short series with her piece entitled 'The Sunshine of My Life'. In her own words she says -
My picture “ The Sunshine of My Life” shows my daughter and her son. They play on the beach in the summer and she lifts him high above the water – all the way to the sun. His head becomes the sun itself and he beams back to his mother.
And isn't it just the way it is: our children are small sun rays. If we "lift them up" and support them the right way, they will shine upon us and fill our lives with sunshine.
Thank you for sharing this with those of us who could not be there Dorte.