Posts Tagged ‘Jette Clover’

A delightful journey full of inspiration!


Just back from a delightful journey full of relaxation and inspiration.  After four days in London we were off via the Chunnel to Brussels.  Thanks to the sage advice of Linda Colsh, we based there for four days.  Above is from the day we spent in Brugge, a very, very beautiful 11th-century town that was splendid along its canals decked out in Fall colors.


We hit all the Belgian foodie highlights in Brugge – a brewery tour, traditional food,


and a stop at Mary’s chocolates:



The main reason for our Brussel’s detour was to visit the Open European Quilt Championships in Maastricht, Netherlands.


My artworks, Shagbark 3 and 4, were being shown there as part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ juried exhibit, Two by Twenty. (GREAT to see the exhibit in person, but if you can’t do that I would urge you to purchase the catalog – its detail photos are superb.)


I made a special effort to make it to this more traditional quilt show because of an exhibit, Eye-Talk by Jette Clove (Belgium) and Katriina Flensburg (Sweden).  I “met” Jette through Fiberart for a Cause and have have long admired her graphic and typographic artwork.


It was a thrill to meet Jette and see so many of her artworks in person.  There was also an exhibit of artwork on the theme of windows from a Masterclass taught by Jette.  I found this the most innovative exhibit at the show with 3-D artworks, artworks using transparency and translucency in new ways, and all the artworks showing great thought.



When we returned to London, the weather has turned to what Joe called the “London-iest” – foggy, a little cold, and rainy. We used our remaining four days to tube here and there and look at exhibits ranging from cosmonauts to bark cloth . . .


to astronomy photos of the year to an unfinished Mark Rothko. In the end, we managed to visit Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Southbank Gallery, Serpentine Gallery (see more on the Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints here.  I veered from liking this exhibit the best to just finding it all too obvious.), Sackler Gallery, the V&A, the British Museum, the Museum of Science, and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

With, of course, our mandatory tea breaks.


I’m always glad to be home, but also feel as if I’m the luckiest person in the world when I can travel to see and experience new things.


11 2015

Three NEW artworks for THE 100 Fundraiser


THE 100, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, opens at 10 a.m. Central on Wednesday, February 4.   There will be only 100 lucky patrons.  All the details to participate are here.

100 Artists+100 Patrons+One Day = $10,000 

Although the artists for THE 100 aren’t required to share their artwork in advance, visit our Pinterest board maintained by Deborah Boschert to see many of the artworks donated to this fun, fast, and fiber-lcious fundraiser.  Below are three artworks sooned to be pinned:


Jette Clover
Interjection 1
Mounted to 8″x10″ board


ShillingB400Beth Schillig
Don’t Worry  . . . Be Happy
22″ x 15″



Beth Schillig
Don’t Worry  . . . Be Happy


Work in progress by Carol Moore.  
Below is her inspiration photo from her lake house.




01 2015

Jette Clover: Runes, Graffiti, and the Making of Marks

I own several small collages by Jette Clover and I never tire of looking at them.  We share a common love of writing and the making of marks.  But it seems to me there is a particular European sensibility about her artwork; a true understanding of the timelessness of writing and an appreciation of the old books and fiber materials available in Europe. However her artwork frequently comments about our modern life through the use of photographs of city walls with faded words, tattered posters, flashy advertisements and bold graffiti. Jette’s workshops include Text and Textile, Experimental Mark Making, Focus on Green as well as several others. In addition to her website, you can see Jette’s artwork in Masters: Art Quilts: Major Works by Leading Artists.

1.  Why are you participating in the ONE fundraiser for the American Cancer Society?

I think we all have family members and friends that have been touched by this disease – somebody in my immediate family is waiting right now for test results to determine how serious her problem is – and I think, it is wonderful that we might be part of the solution through our art work. Thank you for inviting me.

Written in Stone 2 by Jette Clover.  This artwork will be available during the ONE fundraiser on February 16.

2.  Tell us about your collages for ONE.
My background is in journalism, and I still love language and writing. I am fascinated by the visual expressions people through the ages have found to communicate – from hand prints in prehistoric caves to graffiti messages on urban walls. My collages, Written In Stone, have to do with the runic stones in Scandinavia and my memory of learning to write the runic alfabeth as a small school girl in Denmark. The old stones with bands of carved messages are still standing thousand years later to tell their stories. I like their physical presence, and it makes me wonder about the longevity of our mark-making.

3.  What are you working on in the studio now?
I am continuing to explore the color white and the idea of hiding and revealing. The pieces in my recent series, White Walls, are layered fabric and paper, printed, painted over, sanded, rubbed, scratched and torn – alluding to the corrosive effect of time and allowing the past to reveal itself in the form of ghost images of messages from posters, advertisements and graffiti.

White Wall 4 by Jette Clover, 56″x57″

4.  Where do you find inspiration?
My major source of inspiration continue to be language and communication, and almost all my work refer to writing. I like words and letters, both because of the graphic quality and because of the ability to convey meaning.

5.  What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Work and keep working and enjoy the making rather than the finished product.

6.  What would you do with a year free to do what you wanted with no responsibilities or financial concerns?
I would pretty much do what I do now. I can’t think of any place that I would rather be than in my studio.

7.  Any upcoming exhibits, new artwork, books, etc. we should know about?
I had an exhibition in Switzerland last October and published a book, Small Notes,  about a series of small collages that I started in 2001. They are small ‘portraits’ of (historic) celebrities based on actual postage stamps. I just finished # 191 –  and I will continue the series as long as I find stamps/ people that inspire me.

And this year I am working to put together my exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK in August.


01 2011