Art Meets Science

Monday, February 13, 2012

Greeting Stitchers!

It always amazes me how creative stitchers, quilters and crafters use embroidery threads in different ways, and the how different each person’s work can be.

While in San Diego, California recently, I had a chance to visit the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles as they were preparing for one of their new exhibits, titled Art Meets Science.

This fascinating exhibit features 35 artworkds from Studio Art Quilts Associates, and represents textiles artists from eight countries, each featuring a quilt inspired by scientific theories or phenomena.

Here I’ve shown two examples of the wondrous creations featured in the exhibit.

To the upper right is “Second Sun” by Regina Benson of Golden, Colorado.  This amazing piece uses an incredible variety of metallic threads and fabrics combined to make a stunning work of textile art.

Shown at left is “Swine Flu Garden” by Carol Ann Waugh of Golden, Colorado.

Her interesting and humorous take on microscopic images of the swine flue virus certainly makes one pause and wonder about the beauty in things we often fear – especially when looked at from a different angle.

You can see both of these quilts, along with 33 other amazing pieces through April 22, 2012 at the museum, and their lecture series starts in March.

Many of these quilts feature an amazing variety of hand and machine embroidery techniques using metallic and specialty threads in unique ways.  It’s so inspiring to see how the textile artists in this exhibit interpret their vision in thread and fabric!

If you happen to be visiting the San Diego area, this exhibit is well worth a visit. More information on exhibits and educational opportunities can be found on the Visions Art Museum web site.

~Emma





 


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