From its humble origins used to create a functional and cozy bed covering, quilting has been transformed into a multi-faceted art form practiced worldwide. Quilters continue to create handstitched home heirlooms, but in today’s dynamic 21st century, quilting is also used as a form of artistic expression and social commentary.
The Quilting Art Today exhibition, including The Nordic Quilts, showcases the traditional to the abstract in a dazzling display of contemporary and traditional quilts from local, national and international artists staged throughout the Turnblad Mansion. See themed works by the international collective Voyage Art Textiles, traditional, award-winning designs by Mary Chalmers, and selected quilts by artists Lola Jenkins (with a "Prince" quilt), Arden Harrison-Bushnell, Janet Hagberg, Melissa Sobokta and Joseph Mallard, who has contributed an Obama quilt. There is also a display of “Minnesota Hail to Thee,” a Minnesota Quilts challenge competition.
The Nordic Quilts highlights stitched artworks from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland with quilts by Charlotte Yde of Denmark, Riikka Viinikanoja of Finland, Gudrun Erla of Iceland, Kjersti Thoen and Marit Lauve of Norway and the eye-catching works of Swedish textile artist Katriina Flensburg.
Organized with Minnesota Quilters, Inc., and on view at the ASI through October 30, 2016,Quilting Art Today emphasizes the evolving relationship between quilters and materials; techniques and textiles.
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