Sunday, 17 January 2010

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum - Jan 12 to Mar 28/ 2010

The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum: the larger gallery show is 'Imagery & Imagination by Lura Schwarz Smith. Lura's quilts have won many awards. For the opening, Lura did a tour and discussion of her quilts.

Below, she is showing the importance of a label with documentation of inspiration, name, date and often with a photo. Many have Lura's sketches or photos reproduced on fabric and incorporated into the quilt.
I found this one to be almost ethereal. The shape of the young girl was suggested by the rocks in the surf.Lura's husband Kerby has collaborated with the recent quilts. As a photographer, he has worked to manipulate photos in Photoshop and print on large pieces of fabric to create a whole cloth quilt. Together they have just published a new book: http://www.lura-art.com/SecretsofDigitalQuilting.pdf They also team teach a course on use of digital photos in your quilts. Lura is teaching at http://www.emptyspoolsseminars.com/ in March.

'Seams a Lot Like Degas' was chosen as one best American quilts of the century.Many of Lura's quilts have traditional blocks in the background, often with a name that relates to the theme. The block is usually distorted in perspective and may be hidden in the design.

The quilt below is one of the few bed quilts - made for Lura's daughter's wedding. 'Angel of Sirocco' has an incredible sense of movement. This quilt was inspired by thoughts of a figure running through the heat of the desert. There are many more wonderful quilts ... you need to visit the museum to see them!

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In the upstairs gallery was 'On the Surface' by artists belonging to the Whidbey Island Surface Design Association. There was a great variety of pieces, made with many techniques.
This was a playful piece. I had a lovely chat with two of the artists. There were beautiful shawls by (sorry ... I need the artist's name here)Intricate felt boxes by Marianne Burr. I love visiting with the staff! They are friendly and have lots of interesting stories about the quilts.
One interesting display in the kitchen gallery was a reproduction of 'The Bible Quilt' made in the 1800s by a black slave. You can read about it in Quilters Newsletter . We had a special tour of the widow's walk on the roof. and ... the basement. the foundation is made of large granite blocks and huge beams.
When they cleaned out the basement this summer, one surprise was a box of Italian tiles that had been a part of the original fireplace.It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great visit to the museum. It is about 2 hours from Vancouver. For show listings and maps, see website http://www.laconnerquilts.com/
You can check the label list in the right column for other posts on the museum.
If you miss this show, tulip time is another beautiful time to visit!

1 comment:

Vivien said...

What an incredible day you had at the museum! How lucky to meet Lura, see her quilts up close, and hear her speak. The upstairs gallery has incredible art, too! I think I like Autumn Joy best, but I may change my mind. Thank you for sharing your day with all this fabulous artwork and the artists!