Stenciled, marbled, printed and over dyed papers from around the world are cut, pieced and then stitched using a zig-zag sewing machine. Once combined, the papers are reinvented into a composition of rich new patterns, vivid colors and striking textures. The image is then completed with a border, also of paper, and the result is a one of a kind paper art quilt.
101 WEST KIRKWOOD #109 FOUNTAIN SQUARE MALL - DOWNTOWN BLOOMINGTON
honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Bloomington Downtown Gallery
Walk, we can celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Arts in our community.
From the small seed of an idea, shared and nurtured by a committee of
persistent individuals, The Downtown Gallery Walk was born and has evolved into
the community institution that it is today. As part of the June 2013 Gallery
Walk we celebrate those artists who create and present their work and those
patrons who, on first Fridays, “walk the Gallery Walk” and partake in the rich
diversity of the visual arts in our downtown gallery spaces, proving that “Art
Lives” in Bloomington.
Hambly, a founding member of that committee of persistent individuals in
January 2003, is honored to present a selection of “Paper Art Quilts: 2013” at the By Hand Gallery as a contribution
to this celebration.
Hope to see you on June 7th at the Gallery Walk Reception 5 - 8 pm
Art Quilt is a joining of contemporary art and traditional craft, a
blending of individual elements in such a way that the joining allows for a
richer and more meaningful whole. In the creative process stenciled, marbled,
printed, and over dyed papers are cut, pieced, and then stitched using a zig
zag sewing machine. The resulting “quilt blocks” are then laid out in a
composition, sometimes born out of the repeating pattern concept of traditional
quilting, sometimes not. The “quilt” is then completed with a border, also of
paper, and the result is a one of a kind image.
The rich and exotic papers which form the
foundation of each Paper Art Quilt
provide the opportunity to forge complex and unique combinations of design
elements: dark & light, pattern & variation, harmony & discord,
hard & soft, cool & warm, symmetry & asymmetry, flat &
dimensional. Each element of color, texture and pattern retains its unique
individual character yet is enlivened by the union of the whole. The result is
a modern art form grounded in a rich textile tradition of process and design.