Saturday, November 10, 2012

Seasonal Palette Catalog and My Piece

The Seasonal Palette exhibition was stunning at IQA - Houston. The 37 selected artists were given the challenge of creating an artwork that represented a specific season at a specific size: 78" x 32". The individual quilts can be seen on the SAQA website in the quilts for sale section.

The curators did a magnificent job in selecting which quilt to be next to which quilt to make an elegant flow from one season to another. The quilts were placed on hard panels that elegantly framed each piece and that were
placed in a square with openings on two opposite sides. As you came in from the entrance, the flow of quilts began to the right with spring quilts, that flowed gently into summer quilts. At the opposite entryway, the fall quilts began and then merged into the winter quilts.

For various reasons, including a bad knee, one of the best things to me was the center of the room. Four benches were placed, each facing a different season. In the center of the room was a large draped table with the journals that each of the artists made of their processes. These were spell binding. They were so intriguing with photos and samples of the fabrics and even samples of some of the processes used, that I tried to read them all, but did not quite make it. From what I understand, the journals are being scanned and will be available as an e-book.
Winter Robins' Feast

I had a piece in the winter season, and was thrilled to be in such august company. Every quilt was stunning. And the variety was wonderful which made the job of the curators even more important in getting a highly cohesive exhibition. I blogged on my process earlier, you can see my embroidery work on this blog.

The catalog is hard cover and is worthy of the exhibition. Each quilt is presented full size and with a detail. At the back of the book are photographs of the processes used on a number of the quilts. It is a great buy at $20 and available in the SAQA bookstore.

You can see all the quilts in small icons on the same page. 

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  1. beautiful piece Nancy --- I'm really happy to finally get a chance to see all these quilts at least on line!

    I'm really looking forward to reading the ebook about the "journey" each of you took in creating these

  2. Nancy; I love your work and was delighted to be able to see your Season Palette piece in person. But what was especially wonderful was your journal! I got to peer into your process and see your decisions take place and watch your piece evolve. That was a real gift. I learned a lot from being able to sit in front of your piece and read the journal.

  3. Jenny, Thank you for your kind comments and your continued support of my work. I also loved the journals. They are treasures from all the artists.

  4. Nancy, to me you are 'august company'! Congratulations on a wonderful exhibit. Martha recently sent me a copy of the catalogue as a 'thank you' for SAQA support (her words)...and so out of the blue I've had a delightful time enjoying the works in print.

    All the best for continued success!

    1. Thanks, Margaret, you are too kind.

      It is a great catalog. Deidre Adams does a super job with designing catalogs for SAQA.