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

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

"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.

"All bets are off wherever you may roam."

Textiles has allowed me to combine my varied interests into an art form that fuses fashion, art, and most importantly function together in one piece.
— Ben Venom to Content Magazine

Content Magazine visited Ben Venom's work in Found/Made. Because Content is a magazine that covers the innovative and creative culture of Silicon Valley, it is easy to see why they are interested in Ben's work.

Read the article in Content Magazine here.

Image courtesy of Content Magazine

Image courtesy of Content Magazine

Material Obsession visits Found/Made

This is an experience NOT to be missed no matter what kind of quilter you are... traditional, modern... art or crafty... beginner or experienced.
— Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession

I had the loveliest time taking Kathy Doughty and friends through Found/Made at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. I'm thrilled that she would include her thoughts on both the exhibition and Unconventional & Unexpected in her dynamic blog, Material Obsession. It's amazing to see others respond to the quilts and the artwork in the same way that I do: as a treasure seeker, wondering what the quiltmaker was thinking, enjoying and questioning tradition. Thank you to Kathy and everyone at Material Obsession.

Read in Material Obsession what Kathy has to say about Found/Made.


Found/Made is open until November 1, 2015 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

"I don’t know where to begin. I love everything about it."

Quilty Pleasures Blog reviewed Unconventional & Unexpected I was humbled by Diane Harris' kind words.

I especially love the idea that these were quilts “below the radar.” That’s how I hope my quilts will be viewed some day. They aren’t going to win any prizes, but hopefully they’ll win somebody’s heart.
— Diane Harris, Quilty Pleasures

Read the review on Quilty Pleasures blog here.

String quilt from   Unconventional & Unexpected   by Roderick Kiracofe

String quilt from Unconventional & Unexpected by Roderick Kiracofe