Fiber Arts On the Rise
Quilting is on the rise. So says Sue Siefkin from the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild of Modesto. And with the large display of traditional and art quilts on display recently in Modesto’s Mistlin Gallery and on deck for a major exhibit at Modesto Center Plaza this January, Siefkin definitely has some persuasive proof.
Forget the patchwork mishmash of yesteryear. Today’s quilts are true works of art made by craftspeople who bring a variety of media into their creations, from finely detailed painting work to mixed media collage. These creative quilts are based in everything from photorealistic printing to abstract expressionism. Quilting dates back centuries, but today’s art quilts have only come into the spotlight over the last three decades as innovators like quilting superstar Yvonne Porcella have pushed the envelope of the craft and helped bridge the gap into art. According to the Country Crossroads Quilters, modern interest in fiber arts include a resurgence in knitting, crocheting, sewing and textiles and has helped quilting blossom into a medium replete with thread work, beading, painting, hand dyed fibers and photography.
The recent quilt show on display in Mistlin Gallery put the full range of fiber artistry on display. The exhibit included a selection of 24 quilts, each exhibiting hues from the color wheel;—each quilter drew a different hue froma hat and anchored their quilts in their selected color. A huge selection of panels inspired by words from Modesto’s iconic arch are also featured (coincidentally, the same place from which this magazine takes its name). The quilts, all created by local artists, are intently crafted and can take months of daily work to create, according to Siefkin.
On January 17 and 18, quilters included in the Mistlin Gallery show will join other members from the Country Crossroads Quilters Guild in hosting the Heart of the Valley Quilt Show at Modesto Center Plaza. A wide selection of gorgeous fiber art will be on display at the event, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 quilters and quilt lovers from throughout California, says Siefkin . The exhibit will showcase the work of local artists and help educate the public on the breadth and creativity of fiber art. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO FIND OUT HOW YOU COULD WIN A QUILT, visit Countrycrossroadsquilters.com.