A selection of quilts from Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) appeared in the August/September 2018 issue of Quilting Arts. The exhibit, titled Textile Posters, is touring this year in Australia. Juried by Joseph Lupo, Textile Posters brings together the familiarity of quilts with the equally familiar vernacular of posters to create a visually exciting, informative, and emotional exhibition. Selected pieces reflect the wide diversity of posters. What all have in common is an emblematic economy of text and imagery. Posters are meant to convey a message in the blink of an eye—be it to inform, educate, or persuade. It is that particular aesthetic consideration which characterizes these textile artworks. Some posters grab the viewer’s attention in an attempt to be heard above the incessant demands of other media. Other posters are subtler in their approach, forcing the viewer to study the components in detail, intending to open a reflective dialogue.
Here are a few of the beautiful quilts from this gallery:
“Reach for the Sky”
Vicki Conley • Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
“During the Great Depression, the Work Progress Administration (WPA) commissioned 35,000 posters encompassing wide fields of interest, including our national parks. They had a distinctive style and were designed to entice Americans to travel around the country and appreciate the many wondrous things preserved in our parks. I am grateful to our forefathers, John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, whose wisdom and persistence led to the preservation of these areas of natural beauty. An image of my husband and his friend at Zion National Park pays tribute to this historic era. Teddy and John in 1919, Doug and Dennis in 2016, and hopefully future generations in 2116.”
Commercial cotton, gloss medium, stabilizer, ink; machine pieced, quilted, and appli-pieced, appliquéd, silk screened.
“Women’s March on Washington”
Trish Hodge • Osprey, Florida
“This poster is dedicated to my fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Adessa. She insisted on going to the Women’s March on Washington, offering to pay her own way if needed. She comes from a long line of independent women, symbolized by the faces in the batik panel. It gives me great joy to see the next generation of young women moving forward with strength and pride.”
Batik, vintage sarong fabric, commercial cotton and linen; machine pieced and quilted, printed, block dyed.
“3 Wise Words”
Claire Passmore • Trowbidge, Wilshire, United Kindgom
“My poster is economical with both text and graphics, leaving the observer to fill the gaps in the narrative in order to make sense of what they see. My aim is to remind people of the vast amount of unnecessary plastic material which is rapidly taking up space in our landfills and oceans. The poster does not nag, lecture, threaten, or rely on complicated graphics to deliver its message. It illustrates instead a single, positive action that can be easily fulfilled by anyone.”
Cotton, acrylic paint, fiber-reactive dye, soy milk, soluble stabilizer; sun printed, lino block printed, stenciled, raw-edge appliquéd, free-motion quilted, hand quilted.
Cat Larrea • Anchorage, Alaska
“Named ‘Shiprock’ on USGS maps from the late 1800’s, this geologic feature is the remnant of a volcano located in northwest New Mexico. It carries historical and religious significance to the Navajo people and is currently protected by the local Navajo community. My interpretation of this natural phenomenon aims to simplify its structural elements while intensifying, through color and lighting, its dramatic contrast with the open desert landscape.”
Cotton; hand dyed, dye painted, fused, appliquéd, quilted.
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