Monday, March 17, 2008

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Also featured in the NYT Style Magazine was the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I've always wanted to see the Quilts of Gee's Bend, and now I would love to see this collection too (if I ever make it to Nebraska). I spent literally hours browsing their archives... the quilts are endless, beautiful, and diverse in style. Many of them have little to no background information attached to them. While it is sad that these amazing artists were never fully recognized for their talent during their lifetimes, it does lend a sense of mystery to the work. I'm so curious about the design choices the artists make- such as the apparently random fabric shifts in the quilt above, which make it all the more visually interesting.

The quilt above, also by an unknown artist (possibly from Lancaster PA) shares an obvious connection to Josef Albers' Homages to the Square, but predates these works by at least 30 years. Had Albers ever seen these quilts? The quiltmaker probably used her color sensibility more than academic color theory, but she makes such unusual, nuanced choices in this piece. Below are a few more selections pulled from the archives, along with the museum's award winning logo featured in Print's Regional Design Annual.


Anonymous said...

Tess- I am glad to see you are taking this project to heart. I wrote my HS senior thesis on how quilting influenced and captured American history, before starting my first one. I can't wait to go to the fabric store! - KC

Nora M. said...

Jez- Did you know Mom saw a Gee's Bend show this past summer in Baltimore? She has amazing note cards from the exhibition -- you should take a few while you are home!