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

"There is something better to aim for, and that is soul. Or heart. Or something."

Lynley of Lynley Quilts blog has posted an honest and wonderful review of Unconventional & Unexpected. I love how she talks about how the book pushes her creative process and spurs new thinking about quiltmaking!

Read Lynley's review on her blog here.

Fret Not Yourself visits Found/Made

Pools of light emphasized the rich colors and textures of the quilts and brought the soft patinas of the wood into focus. I was especially struck by the quilts he hung as if they were on a clothesline blowing in the breeze. Obviously, that image evokes strong, early family memories for both of us.
— Ann of Fret Not Yourself

I had the loveliest time touring Ann and her friends through Found/Made at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. She wrote beautifully about the exhibition in her blog, Fret Not Yourself.

Read Ann's article on Fret Not Yourself here.

Be sure to check out Found/Made before it closes on November 1, 2015.

'U&U' exhibition with 'Shaker Stories' speak to the "fine art of craft"

The Sonoma Valley Sun featured the simultaneous shows at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art:

Read the review here.

The shows run through May 16. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, located at 551 Broadway, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. $5, children and members free. 939.7862


Presenting American crafts and craftsmanship as examples of fine art and design, quilts and Shaker furniture are featured in separate exhibitions at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. ‘Unconventional and Unexpected: Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000’ and ‘Shaker Stories from the collection of Benjamin H. Rose, III.’
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