Archive for April, 2010

Interview – Why I read so many books and more

Knowing (Boundary Waters 52)

What a great idea!  Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, co-curators of the Beneath the Surface exhibit, have started a blog featuring a Q&A with each artist.  My interview is up today here.  I reveal my book addiction, why I’m seldom in the studio in the summer and other juicy details.

Beneath the Surface will premiere at International Quilt Festival – Long Beach, CA fromJuly 22-25, 2010. The exhibit is sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Centers and Brother International.

More information about Knowing (Boundary Waters 52) including an artist’s statement and working process are here.


04 2010

Three exhibits opening this weekend

Boundary Waters 48
Photo by Deidre Adams

The Opening Reception for ArtQuilt Elements is this Saturday, April 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The exhibit continues through May 19 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.

ArtQuilt Elements is considered one of the top three art quilt exhibitions in the U.S.   A full color catalog is available.

Boundary Waters 48 is one of seven artwork in a mini-series within the Boundary Waters series. The artworks explore Nature’s ability to construct complexity from simplicity while referencing in an abstract manner this specific scene from the Boundary Waters. Note from the photo that I have had this concept on my mind for almost a year now.

The International Quilt Festival- Chicago opens tonight from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and continues through Sunday.  My artwork will be in two exhibits:

Boundary Waters 25
SAQA@20: Art & Excellence, a juried exhibit celebrating Studio Art Quilt Associates’ 20th Anniversary curated by Patricia Bolton, contains 35 art quilts. This is the main SAQA exhibit for the IQFs.  View all the artwork, purchase a catalog or an artwork on the SAQA site.

Eye of the Quilter, a photography exhibition featuring two of my photos.  More information here.


04 2010

A New Exhibit and A New Way of Working

Knowing (Boundary Waters 52) Photo by Deidre Adams.
White cotton fabric, acrylic paint, felt, cheesecloth, upholstery fabric, black duck cloth, polyester fabric, silk fabric, recycled pieces from artist’s art quilts, oil paintstiks, thread. Hand-painted, stamped, screen printed, burned, hand-dyed, hand and machine stitched.

I am very pleased to have Knowing (Boundary Waters 52) juried in to Beneath the Surface, a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA from July 22-25 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The exhibit is presented by the Dinner at Eight Artists and sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Centers and Brother International.

Why did I agree to enter this juried invitational?  Two reasons. I liked the theme as it easily fit my current body of work and I respect the professionalism of the Dinner at Eight Artists, including co-curators Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.

My artist statement for this artwork:

The first time I went to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, I saw rock, tree, water, sky. But curiosity and necessity have forced me over the past five years to fill my library shelves with books on the botany, biology, ecology, meteorology, geology, geography, ornithology, and mycology of the Boundary Waters.  Lying beneath the surface knowledge of just this small part of the world is detail built upon detail, layers and layers of knowledge — interwoven, timeless, and infinitely complex.

From the beginning I knew I wanted to do something different for this artwork.  Do you remember this in-progress photo from back in November ’09?

The  artwork was collaged (by stitching, not fusing) in earth/sky/rock/water fabrics (with a great variety of textures such as velvet, duck cloth, upholstery fabric, etc. – all hand-painted, and/or screen printed by me) and then I heavily stitched over the entire artwork with variegated rayon thread. Then I screwed my courage to the sticking point and went at it with oil paintstiks.  The result:

Knowing (Boundary Waters 52) – Detail.  Photo by Deidre Adams.

It’s definitely the kind of artwork (well, that would be ALL my artwork really) that needs to be seen in person to really appreciate the depth and texture.  I am admittedly in love with it because it is a perfect manifestation of my intent, my message, and my theme.

Now that I think about it, this artwork is, in a way, very similar in technique.

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04 2010

Artwork added to Permanent Collection

Rock, Tree, Sky, Water (Boundary Waters)
White cotton cloth, textile paint, oil paint, black duck cloth, polyester cloth,velvet fabric, tree warp, silk organza inkjet printed with artist’s photos, rice paper, ink, foil, rayon thread. Placed in under 12″ square mat with an 8″ square opening.

Selected artwork from the Meet the Artist: SAQA 20th Anniversary Trunk Show have been chosen to be archived in the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. They will be available to researchers and students as a record of the art quilt in 2009.

Each artist was asked to create a piece of artwork for the traveling trunk show that showcased a process, technique, or style that represents her/his artistic voice. Of course, I wanted to show my layering of materials, use of typography, and the Boundary Waters as subject matter.

If you own my book, a detail of this artwork is shown on page 8.


04 2010