What is your artistic legacy?
That’s a heady question. The older I get and the more experienced I become with my craft, the less sure I feel about the answer.
Like many art quilters, I began my quilting journey making practical quilts for my family, but quickly found that fiber art was much more meaningful and satisfying to create. I traded bed quilts for art quilts, and precision piecing for personal exploration. Many of the artists whose work is featured in this issue share that history. Others came to working with fabric and thread as a natural progression from fine art, painting, printmaking, or drawing. Whatever the provenance, their quilts speak volumes.
Jane LaFazio’s legacy includes creating beautiful quilts inspired by travel and cultural experiences. Her recent trip to Cuba was first recorded in journals with mixed-media entries and sketches, then translated to fabric and thread. Artist Dorothy Straughter’s work takes a different turn. It explores the painful and powerful imagery and history of institutional racism. Her legacy is to remind us of that history and to never forget the impact it has had on our world.
Another artist who focuses on history is Leotie Richards. Leotie shares the stories of 12 American folk heroes in a series of quilts. They are a moving tribute to individuals who made a lasting impact on their country, and a statement about how one artist’s creative practices can result in a cohesive body of work.
Sometimes, an artist’s legacy is to lift others up. Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal—both accomplished art quilters, teachers, and fabric designers—do just that by organizing and curating quilt exhibits. Over the past 10 years, they created, curated, and promoted the Dinner@Eight exhibitions. You can view selections of the final exhibit in this issue.
Still looking for inspiration to create your own artistic legacy? Learn about artist Jill Jensen. She’s been making one quilt each week for more than 18 years. This is an incredible feat!
As I browse through this issue one thing is clear: we live in an amazing time. Artists can create openly and speak freely about what is important to them. Contemporary art quilts mirror our joys, concerns, and history. I hope the legacy of Quilting Arts Magazine will always be to present the most innovative and inspiring art quilts to an eager readership.
Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Editor
Quilting Arts December 2018/January 2019 Table of Contents
• Editor’s Note
• It’s Your Turn
• About our Contributors
• Studio Style
• Reader Challenge Announcement
• Heat it Up!
• Call for Submissions
• the last word
Design & Stitch
• The Traveling Artist
• Working in a Series
• Head, Heart, and Hands: Adding Meaning to Art Quilts with Personal Symbols: Using personal symbols to guide the creative process
• A Digital Revolution: The new wave of quilt fabrics
• From Prints to Fabric by the Yard
• Succulent Pincushions
In Profile & Gallery
• Artist Profile: Dorothy Straughter
• Gallery: The Best of Dinner@8: Celebrating 10 Years of Exhibits
• Art Quilts, 1980–1999
• In the Spotlight: Robin Cornwell
• Gallery: Love Your Mother: A quilt challenge for Mother Earth
• Zippers and Thimbles and Thread, Oh My: Results from our ‘I’ve Got a Notion’ Reader Challenge