Miles and miles of fabric and thread were used by quilters global to create works for the Brigham City Museum’s 2016 International Art Quilt Invitational Exhibition June 17 through Aug. 31. About 66 quilts in various sizes will be displayed. The charm as well as the drama of many different countries are portrayed in the quilts, specifically Norway, Jerusalem, Africa, Egypt, Syria, China, Germany and Japan.
A quilt workshop will be conducted in August. Details will be announced at a later date.
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Gloria Loughman of Australia is the museum’s Featured Art Quilter. Loughman produces large, vivid landscapes that depict the Australian bush. Most of her textiles have been hand-dyed or painted and feature extensive machine embroidery. Loughman’s quilt “Kimberley Mystique” won Australia’s most prestigious national quilting award.
The most unique quilt in the exhibit is a three-in-one piece by Flora Joy of Tennessee. When the quilt is viewed from the left, the face of Jackie Kennedy appears; from the front, Oprah Winfrey; and from the right, Mother Teresa. Joy recalls, “The inspiration for the quilt occurred while I was stopped at a traffic light and a number of revolving billboards caught my eye.” The quilt has won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the prestigious 2014 International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, and the 2015 American Quilter’s Society exhibit in Paducah, Kentucky.
Susan Else of California is presenting some of her three-dimensional, cloth objects, notably a gigantic teacup with interior lighting and a 35-inch boat manned by “technicolor” characters conducting a rescue operation. She says, “I treat cloth not as a flat surface but as a wild, flexible skin. My work has developed in tandem with the art quilt movement, but I am one of the few artists making figurative sculpture in this medium. My current work often incorporates sound, light and motors, and it’s whimsical, edgy, mundane, surreal and engaging, all at once.”
The exhibit is also enlivened by quilts decorated with red-eyed, tree frogs from Central America; “cool” camels; the 18th-century Jade Belt Bridge in China; and a dancing dragon, to name a few.