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Fiberarts - Summer 2009
Summer 2009

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The Winners of Quilt National 2009
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Summer 2009

The Winners of Quilt National 2009

The Summer 2009 issue of Fiberarts features a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Quilt National, one of the country's most respected exhibits of contemporary art quilts. Quilt National is held biennially at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Here we share the winners from the 2009 exhibit.

Award of Excellence

Artist’s Statement: “I thrill in imaging and illustrating stories that have yet to be written. I hope you will bring your own tales to my drawings among the stitches.”

Jen Swearington, The Sea Dream; bed sheets, rusted-silk binding, shellac, gesso, ink, charcoal, graphite, acrylic medium, dye; painted, machine-pieced, machine-quilted; 46" x 44".

Best of Show

Artist’s Statement: “The old Welsh hymn Calon Lân sings of a pure heart. This quilt is a celebration of contented times, everyday blessings, and simple gifts.”

Anne Smith,Calon Lân recycled fabric; hand pieced, dyed, hand- and machine-appliquéd, hand-embroidered, quilted; 51" x 58".

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award
(Granted to a first-time Quilt National exhibitor, this award has been funded by Studio Art Quilt Associates as a way of providing encouragement to an emerging quilt artist.)

Artist’s Statement: “This piece is about falling for various societal myths regarding power, fame, beauty, luck, and money—the things we wish for. Notice the tiny images from Mexican lottery cards, women celebrities from the entertainment section, and fruit from seed catalogs. I could get all “feministy” on you and talk about the pressures to undermine women psychologically and politically but, suffice it to say, swallowing roses involves lots of physical and emotional training.”

Susan Krueger, Swallowing Roses; cotton, fabric paint; batik, discharge, image transfer, appliquéd, embroidered, hand- and machine-quilted; 41" x 31".

Heartland Award
(Granted to an exhibitor from Ohio or one of its neighboring states.)

Artist’s Statement: “I try to use the medium in innovative ways. My main source of inspiration is the natural world. I think that I have succeeded in combing all these elements—photography, design, paints—in my present work. I hope the viewer will take pleasure in it.”

Britt Friedman,Grey Grasses IV; polyester/cotton, paint, photographic images; painted, composed; 37" x 54".

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award
(Created to honor the memory of Quilt National’s longtime director, this award is granted to the first-time exhibitor who has entered the most times before gaining acceptance.)

Artist’s Statement: “This piece is a continuation of my Windows series. Frames, mullions, and transoms create a diversity of interesting forms and become a launching point for endless explorations. Windows are also a metaphor—reality viewed through a window, self-reflected in the window, the truth distorted, intentionally or not. The negative shapes also speak—the unseen, the unspoken, the undone. Family Reunion embodies all of this and more!”

Catherine Kleeman, Family Reunion; cotton, dye, paint; screen-printed, painted, fused, direct appliquéd, machine-quilted; 32" x 40".

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award
(Created to honor the memory of Quilt National’s longtime director, this award is granted to the first-time exhibitor who has entered the most times before gaining acceptance.)

Artist’s Statement: “Finding a plastic, flowered, white wreath at a memorial site for a young person who had drowned made me think about the use of the wreath icon as a memorial for those who had died. Just beyond this memorial was another that had a similar wreath molded into the headstone dated 1867. More than 140 years earlier, the wreath image was used to denote the passing of another spirit in the same spot.”

Glenys Mann, Horizons #61: Memorial;wool blanket, knitted-wool baby shawl, silk thread, silk roses, plant dye; appliquéd, hand-knitted, handstitched; 52" x 60".

Juror’s Award of Merit

Artist’s Statement: “This piece is one in a series about my impressions of New York, where so much visual information assaults the eye. The challenge lay in organizing all of it while keeping alive the excitement, the color, the motion.”

Linda Levin, City with Footnotes VIII; cotton, cotton/polyester, assorted fabrics, textile paint; machine-stitched; 49" x 40".

Juror’s Award of Merit

Artist’s Statement: “Silence is made up of many layers of fabric with separate but related compositions on each piece. After I hand stitch the layers together, I begin to cut into them. As I work toward revealing different parts of the layers, I discover that they are a lot like my own layers. It is difficult to cut into some parts, so I leave them be. I guess they are not yet ready to be revealed.”

Judy Rush, Silence; cotton, silk, linen, cotton embroidery floss; handstitched, cut, mended; 40" x 33".

Juror’s Award of Merit

Artist’s Statement: Blue Bamboo is my transitional series, using my usual x’s and o’s in a more literal matter to create my imagery. Living in the D.C. metro area, I am fascinated by the bamboo that grows wild. Included in my imaginary garden, this prolific plant requires no maintenance to keep it under control and adds a sense of order to nature’s chaotic growth.”

Sandra L. H. Woock, Blue Bamboo/Blue Breeze; cotton, cotton batting, polyester and rayon thread; painted, machine-pieced, machine-quilted; 62" x 54".

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design
(Provided through the generosity of the mother of an artist who, prior to her death, had developed a passion for surface design techniques.)

Artist’s Statement: “This work explores surfaces and what lies beneath the surface. What was once there—now gone—that makes the surface what it is today? I’m especially drawn to old stucco buildings—with partially eroded surfaces that suggest the passage of time. I’m drawn to openings—in vessels and the bark of a birch, black holes in the universe, and the rabbit hole that beckoned Alice.”

Sue Cavanaugh, Ori-Kume #1; cotton sateen, dye; shibori, hand-quilted; 29" x 39".

McCarthy Memorial Award
(In memory of Domini McCarthy and her father Cliff McCarthy, the award recognizes exceptional craftsmanship.)

Artist’s Statement: “As a quilter, I strive to allow the unknown in. I believe that there are many silent, invisible messages available to us at every moment in life. They can wrap us in anxiety, love, confusion, or hope. I work in a stream-of-consciousness manner—manipulating, reorganizing, and layering the fabric and thread in a way that mimics my thoughts. My quilts are a way of showing the invisible connections that we become aware of only upon reflection.”

Paula Kovarik, City; cotton; machine pieced, hand stitched, machine quilted; 42" x 38".

Most Innovative Use of the Medium

Artist’s Statement: “I have always been intrigued with aerial views—the scars we humans make on our planet and on things around us. I have vivid memories as a little girl of cows being branded—scarred for life. Humans, for greed and self gratification, will ride roughshod over everything, not worrying about the end result or the marks they make and leave. Be gentle on this place.”

Sue Akerman, Africa Scarified IV;organza, teabags, cotton, cotton batting, beads; machine- and hand-embroidered, machine-stitched, handstitched; 67" x 56".

Quilts Japan Prize
(Sponsored by Nihon Vogue Corporation, this award is intended as an expression of gratitude for the teaching and guidance that American quilters have given to Japanese quilters. The recipient will teach at the Japanese Handicraft Instructor’s Association Conference in the fall of 2010.)

Artist’s Statement: “As of Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, there were 4,083 U.S. military dead in Iraq. Here is a flag for each of them.”

Kathleen Loomis, Memorial Day; cotton; machine-stitched; 86" x 100".

Images and statements courtesy of the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio. All works © of the artists.


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