British Patchwork & Quilting reviews Unconventional & Unexpected alongside Losing the Compass

I am thrilled that Deborah Nash of British Patchwork & Quilting writes about my publication, Unconventional & Unexpected, alongside the exhibition Losing the Compass.

Ms. Nash picks up on many of the beautiful motifs I love about both quilts and the pieces in the exhibition at White Cube, noticing the relationships between accident and chaos with structure. She sees the distortions in the Boetti embroidered pieces amidst the stringent grid; she sees the "wobble" of the quilts' edges in Unconventional & Unexpected. Here are artists and quiltmakers willing to see what happens when you venture outside the grid. Personality happens. All the while Ms. Nash recognizes the need for context and conversations around all of these pieces and how publications and exhibitions can act as a bridge between the fine art and the textile/craft communities. She speaks about the artworks and the quilts in the same language.

Featured are images from the exhibition, as well as quilts from my collection. I am pleased that she chose to feature the brilliantly orange Nine Patch, Virgie Walton's StripesOriginal Design of work clothes, 8 which is included above, and a Log Cabin, variation.

A huge thank you to Ms. Nash and everyone across the pond at British Patchwork & Quilting!

Read "Losing the Compass: Unconventional and Unexpected" in the March 2016 issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.

What I like is its mystery. The square and oblong patches vary in size and number, though not so much that the surface becomes a chaotic jumble. It has an order, but the order changes; sometimes there are six patches in a row, sometimes seven. It ought not to work, but it does. The squares of primary yellow, blue, pale pinks and off-whites are gridded by machine; on top are smaller patterned or coloured squares and then in most, but not all, there’s a wiry motif of a figure eight stitched in dark cotton thread, sometimes looking like a wisp of hair. What does this motif mean? Is it an infinity symbol and not a figure eight at all? There’s a talismanic quality to this quilt that makes me wonder what it would be like to sleep beneath it, what dreams I might have.
— Deborah Nash writing about the "8" quilt attributed to Regina Jarvis

London calling: Visiting Losing the Compass

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Patricia Belyea says: "Hang onto your hats!"

Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts flew all the way from Seattle to see Found/Made at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Then she writes a beautiful review of the exhibition. I could not be more honored. Thank you, Patricia!

Patricia managed to see the exhibition just before it closes on November 1, 2015. She also made great use of her time and visited the studio of Joe Cunningham. Joe has two pieces in Found/Made -- Bed, After Rauschenberg and Circular Logic. Be sure to also read about her conversation with Joe.

11 July - 1 November 2015
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street
San Jose, CA

Jammed together, the rowdy collection exuded an air of naive wackiness. Imperfect blocks, mismatched seams, sloppy stitches and a brash polyester number introduced the show’s divergence from the ordinary.
— Patricia Belyea, Okan Arts

Losing the Compass | Quilts at White Cube, London

I am pleased to share that two of my quilts are part of the exhibition, Losing the Compass, at White Cube's Mason's Yard space. The exhibition was curated by Cameron Weaver and Mathieu Paris, and includes an exceptional group of work.

Losing the Compass

8 October 2015 - 9 January 2016

White Cube, Mason's Yard
25-26 Masons Yard
London SW1Y 6BU
United Kingdom



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The Extraordinary Made From The Ordinary at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

It was thrilling to see this exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE this last week. They kindly hosted me as I gave a talk about the exhibition. Here are a few sneak peaks.


International Quilt Study Center & Museum
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
1523 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68583

September 2015

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Talk on September 4th in Lincoln, NE



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