While I was traveling in New York this last month, Victoria Findlay Wolfe graciously hosted a book launch party for Unconventional & Unexpected.
Unconventional & Unexpected
American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 has arrived!
Colleagues, Friends, and Family,
Ten amazingly talented and distinguished people participated with me to create a stunning book that adds to the written and visual scholarship of American quiltmaking in the last half of the 20th century. My sincere thanks go to Elissa Auther, Sherry Ann Byrd, Natalie Chanin, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Kaffe Fassett, Abner Nolan, Amelia Peck, Denyse Schmidt, Allison Smith, and Janneken Smucker.
The quilts that I have been collecting for the last 15 years sit alongside quilts that I borrowed from other collectors who share my fascination and passion for these works of art. These dynamic, quirky, and soulful quilts make up the beautiful pages of this exquisite coffee table book.
Who were the amazing makers who created these quilts to be used and slept under? How is it that these pieces share such strong similarities to modern and contemporary art? My hope is that you will enjoy and delight in seeing these quilts in new ways.
Expect the unexpected when turning the pages. These may not be what you think of when you hear the word “quilt.” Have you ever considered the back of a quilt or unfinished top? What about a quilt made from polyester double knit? Why did someone take a snapshot of a quilt on a clothesline?
Wait until you see what I have gathered for you!
Release date is 9 September 2014.
Unconventional & Unexpected is available at bookstores, fine museum shops, other specialty retailers, and online via Abrams Books.
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