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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Southern Accents Exhibit Part 1 of 2

Crotons by Ellen Lindner of Melbourne, FL
cotton fabrics
This past week a friend of mine and I were lucky enough to catch the quilt exhibit, Southern Accents, at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida.  This exhibit has been open for the last several months and ends on August 22nd.  I highly recommend it to anyone in the central Florida area if you have an interest in art quilts or quilts in general.  The textile museum is a real treasure for Florida and we are so lucky to have something that supports artists and exhibits quilts, textiles and fiber art in our state! 
The show was juried by Sandra Sider for Studio Art Quilt Associates.  There were a total of 43 art quilts in this show, all by southern United States quilters.  The show's theme was based on the question, "What makes the southern United States special?"  Various aspects of fashion, food, family, crafts, d├ęcor, music, literature, architecture, nature, and social issues comprised the subject matter of these quilts. 
The only requirement of the art quilt is that it consists of three layers, a top, batting of some sort and a backing.  The artist is free to express their idea in any way they choose using any number and variety of materials. 
I am dividing this up between two blog posts of just some of the quilts that I found of interest.
Swampwise II by Jane Broaddus of Dahlonega, GA
clothesline, silk, cotton batik, lace, beads, threads

Swampwise II (detail)

Everglades Sunset by Candice Phelan of Wellington, FL
batiks, hand-dyed fabrics & variegated, metallic and iridescent threads
Everglades Sunset (detail)
Beach Path by Candice Phelan of Wellington, FL
batiks, hand-dyed fabrics & variegated, metallic and holographic threads
Beach Path (detail)
Southern Hospitality by Marianne R. Williamson of Miami, FL
cotton, silk, textile paint, variegated threads
Southern Hospitality (detail) 
Floridian Splendor by Michele Sanandajian of Stuart, FL
canvas, organza, silk, cotton, metals, fabric paint, pan pastels
Floridian Splendor (detail)

Flower Patch by Michele Sanandajian of Stuart, FL
silk, satin, commercial fabrics, hand-dyed cotton and cheesecloth, variety of threads and yarns

Flower Patch (detail)
Miami's Cross Currents by Nancy Billings of Miami, FL
hand-dyed and commercial fabric, acrylic paint, rayon threads, upholstery fabric
Miami's Cross Currents (detail)
Tranquility by Linda S. Hoffmeister of New Smyrna Beach, FL
hand-dyed silk & cotton, shibori silk, commercial fabrics, variegated threads
Tranquility (detail)
Sunshine State of Mind II by Susan Rienzo of Vero Beach, FL
cotton fabric and batting, permanent ink pen

Sunshine State of Mind II (detail)
In the next few days I will post the rest of the photos I took of this exhibit.  Until then, Happy Quilting!

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