MODERN QUILTS: REDESIGNING TRADITIONS
Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Modern quilt movement is nearly a decade old and its proponents are a fast growing segment of the quilting population*. Modern quilting began as an online community in the early 2000s and quickly grew into an international movement of like-minded sewists who make quilts that are primarily functional (as opposed to quilts made primarily as “art”). Inspired by modern design, the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive use of negative space, and alternate grid work are key elements of this style. Most of these characteristics are not found in “Traditional” quilt design, the formal, pattern-based repetitive blocks of printed fabric set in rows, with an emphasis on construction precision, practiced by most quilters in the 20th Century. This tension between classic, traditional and modern quilt design has lessened in recent years as modern quilters consider traditional patterns in new and exciting ways. This "Modern Traditionalism", the redesign of classic quilt designs, is what we will explore in an exhibit of 40 + juried quilts from U.S. and International quilters. Photo courtesy of Georganna Hawley.
For more information on how to submit your quilt for consideration, contact Guest Curator, Georganna Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for entries is 3 PM PST August 15, 2016. For more information call (909) 395-2510.
*According to a 2014 Quilting in America™ survey, there were 16 million active quilters in the U.S., 35% which enjoyed making quilts with Modern aesthetics.