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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.16.2014

Patching


[Jane Birkin via Vogue. Franco Zefferelli photographed by Horst as seen in Horst Interiors. Geo 
Patch pillow by Rebecca Atwood.] 

Next month a new MFA, Boston exhibition will show antique American quilts in a different light, comparing the brilliantly colored, typically geometric textiles to Abstract Expressionist and Op Art works. This survey of pieces collected by artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy  -- what grew to be among the most distinguished quilt collections in the world -- Quilts and Color will be accompanied by a 144-page book previewed here.

When it comes to patches of cloth stitched together, personally I gravitate to indigo. Anything that makes me think of Jane Birkin's jeans.
So, it's no surprise that I'm drawn to the Gee's Bend quilt, above. In the mid-1960s, Loretta Pettway created this using denim and cotton. (A reminder for art teachers and design students: Auburn University's Women's Studies program created a site loaded with resources related to the Freedom Quilting Bee and the history of Gee's Bend, Alabama.)

[Detail view via MFA, Boston: Cotton plain weave, wax resisted and printed. 2004. Ghana.]

In contrast, this contemporary African cloth looks like patchwork but it's actually a print comprised of dense blue floral and geometric segments arranged in pinwheel-like shapes.


Related past post: The Grafton Chair.

2 comments:

Becca - Rebecca Atwood Designs said...

This sounds like such an interesting show! I will have to plan in a trip to Boston when I next visit my family on Cape Cod.

Thank you so much as well for including my pillow. What a nice surprise it was to see it pop up in my feedly reader.

Have a nice rest of your Sunday!

Style Court said...

You too, Becca! Love, love, love your geo patch pillow.