Modern Art Quilts burst upon the art scene in the 1970ís, following the 1971 Whitney Museum of American Art in New York presentation: Abstract Design in American Quilts.
Jonathan Holstein, quilt historian, summarized the work of the new quiltmakers this way: Quilt makers did in effect paint with fabrics, laying on colors and textures.
Since then modern Art Quilt artists have established several national shows, Quilt National being the most prominent. It is a biennial juried competition initiated in 1979, held in the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens, OH.
There are also numerous journals such as Quilting Arts Magazine, and many books pertaining to Art Quilts.
The founding of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) in 1989 was a huge step forward for the art form. (www.SAQA.com).
What exactly is an art quilt? An original design with two or three layers, stitched together through all layers for the majority of the surface.
I primarily use raw edge applique in my work, adhered with heat activated fusing. I like a combination of hand and machine quilting.
Hanging your Art Quilt
Each of my quilts is mounted and framed, so you hang them like a painting.
Care of your Quilt
I dont recommended hanging art quilts (or any piece of fine art for that matter) in a smoking household or in a cooking area unless it is re-framed and sealed behind glass.
As with any work of art, you should not hang it in direct sunlight.
Otherwise the work may be hung anywhere. Occasionally you can run a lint roller along the top edge to remove any dust that might have gathered there.
If you want to do a thorough cleaning, lay the work down, put a screen on top, and vacuum it through the screen.
How long will your Art Quilt last? Answer: a very long time! Enjoy.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Martha Ressler 412.445.7359 (text or voice). firstname.lastname@example.org