A warm welcome to Quilting Arts April/May 2011 cover artist Paula Chung! Paula’s raw-edge silk appliqué quilts predominately feature floral imagery and I was curious to learn more about the inspiration behind her work and how her home state of California influences her quilt making. I asked Paula if she'd like to share the inside scoop on Southern California, with a few travel tips for art quilters curious about visiting, and Paula graciously accepted. Read on to learn more about Paula’s favorite places to go in Southern California for inspiration, fabric, and supplies. Thank you Paula!
Paula's Travel Tips
Being a life-long gardener, one of my very favorite places is Lotusland. This is an incredible, large 37-acre estate with amazing collections of exotic plants, planted in almost 20 gardens, including a world-renowned cycad collection. I especially love the succulent and cactus gardens. (Note: reservations are required)
And while you're in Santa Barbara, why not stop by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. A huge garden in historical Mission Canyon, featuring 1000+ species of rare and indigenous plants. Open daily, except holidays, 9-6.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) offers a wonderful collection of art from the Americas, the Pacific, Asia & Europe, including a large costume and textile collection. My favorites are the decorative arts & design wings, and of course, the contemporary and modern art collections. There's a great museum store, too! Open daily, except holidays.
While you're at the LACMA, visit La Brea Tar Pits (next door) and across the street, The Craft & Folk Art Museum. This powerful little museum champions "all art made in cultural and social context." Don't you love it? Presently they're featuring the work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman and Tanya Aginiga. Closed Mondays and holidays.
You can't miss The Fashion District featuring blocks of textile finds in the 9th Street & Main Street area. Shops are open daily 10-5. My favorite shop is Fiesta Fabrics (closed Saturdays) where you'll find any color silk at really reasonable prices. Tell them Paula from Tahoe sent you!
And while you're downtown, check out FIDM (Fashion Institute). They have open campus tours M-F @ 12:15 (no appointment needed) and have an on-campus store and museum.
Another incredible find is International Silks and Woolens. They have a huge selection of textiles--boasting to have 100,000 fabrics. They're open daily.
You can't visit Southern California without a stop to the Visions Art Quilt Museum in San Diego, if you're an art quilter. An incredible museum with very strong exhibits. And if you time it right, you can also see their Biennial Quilt Visions show in Oceanside Oct.-March. This exhibit has ended, but you can visit in 2 more years and see a dynamite show.
And last but not least, my favorite art quilt shop ever, Quilters' Studio. The owner, Eileen Alber, has been a fiber artist for over 30 years. She inspires me to grow creatively as she does hundreds of other art quilters. I owe her a great deal for getting my caboose on the art quilt tracks. I continue to take classes there, where international teachers do amazing workshops. She offers classes in surface design and carries a wide variety of wild and beautiful fabrics and supplies.
To learn more about Paula Chung and her work, don’t miss her Q & A with Pokey Bolton in the April/May issue of Quilting Arts Magazine® or additional images of Paula's work on quiltingdaily.com. You can also visit Paula’s website.
Photo of Paula by Norman Chung
Above, “White Rose 11” Photo by Paula Chung.