A Fiber Art Exhibit from The National Quilt Museum
Quilt artists take inspiration from everything in the world around them, including living creatures. This exhibit will show you a wide range of fiber art created between 1984 to 2013 that celebrates quilted creatures. This quilt, by Caryl Bryer Faller-Gentry brings traditional and modern quilting styles together in a wonderful way. The two ribbons that dance across the quilt are filled with traditional "Flying Geese" quilt blocks, which are echoed in the literal flying geese silhouetted in black across the center of the quilt.
Ms. MacDonald Had a Farm
Some quilts are a unique mix of fantasy and realism, like this one, made by a group of 12 quilters called The Hanging by a Thread Quilt Club. This quilt is filled with amazing details, like the onomatopoeias above each animal, and the tracks and paw prints in the background. Double-click the image to take a closer look!
Pandas 'Round the World
As you can see, the connections between animals and places lead to an amazing creative process for Shirley P Kelly. About this quilt she recalls, “Years ago, we took our two children to the National Zoo to see Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing. What fascinating creatures they were, still young enough to be very active. I took dozens of snapshots, bought a stuffed toy, some books, and postcards and my obsession with pandas was off and running. At last count, fewer than 1000 wild pandas are found in two small preserves where human encroachment still threatens what is left of their fragile environment."
Pat Holly's quilt is also the result of inspiration from several places. She says “I do all my own designing and love looking at textiles from all over the world for ideas. I took a trip to England and Scotland with the Costume Society of America and we were able to see many amazing antique textiles in several museums. The idea for the center of this quilt came from a picture I saw of a chintz fabric from India that had a peacock turning into a paisley. The outer borders were inspired by an exhibit I saw at the Burrell Collection outside of Glasgow, Scotland. The textiles in this exhibit were beautiful Suzani embroideries, from Uzbekistan."
Goato and Friends
Barbara Barber's quilt features actual animals she encountered in her daily life. She recalls: "I would never have made it if it hadn’t been for Goato, a goat that lived across the field from us. A lovely fellow with a complex character and high intelligence, Goato provided me and my family with incentive for a good walk."
All quilts are part of the Collection of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, United States.
Image rights belong to the individual artists credited.
This virtual exhibit was created by Laura Hendrickson, Registrar.
"Into the Wild - Creature Quilts" originally exhibited at The National Quilt Museum from February 26th to April 7th, 2015, curated by Judy Schwender, Curator/Registrar.