The work of fellow artists is one of the richest sources of inspiration. So by showcasing the artwork of talented fiber artists in Quilting Arts Magazine, we hope to spread this inspiration to all of you! This is why it was such a delight to come across Kat Campau’s recent blog post about the art challenge she led based on the article “Cultured Cloth: A conversation with art quilter Jeanette Gilks,” in our August/September 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. It was a pleasure to see the pieces that her students created, inspired by Jeanette’s work, so I asked Kat to tell me a bit about more about how this project came to be; read on to hear what she had to say.
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“I teach a class Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline, Michigan, and the students do a different project every month. They’re always very enthusiastic about trying new things. Since there were no classes over the summer, I started organizing challenges. I sent my students postcards in the mail of artwork by famous artists since I was traveling across the country and visiting different museums. The challenge was to create an art quilt based on the pieces.
When I saw Jeanette Gilk’s article, I decided it would be wonderful for a challenge. I thought her use of color was very striking, but the real grabber was the texture; her artwork has such depth and it really appealed to me. I think that people sometimes have a hard time breaking out of their idea of beautiful and trying other combinations, and I felt that using Jeanette’s work as inspiration would help encourage my students to explore new terrain.
The rules were that the pieces had to be fiber art or painting, small (about 9" x 12"), and completed in one or two sessions. I didn’t want them to feel pressured to spend too long on it, but to dash off something inspired by the article. Well, I was amazed by the pieces that I got back—they obviously spent more than a couple of hours! My students said they loved it, and they were clearly very engaged in the project.
In the end, there were six participants. Several quilts incorporated strips of fabric in different ways. One used a lot of yarn. If you don’t have the article right in front of you, it’s hard to remember what exactly was in it; some students remembered fibers, and others remembered fabric strips. It was interesting how everyone interpreted this differently.”
To see more of Kat’s work, visit her website.
Artists (from top to bottom)
· Karen Losey
· Kat Campau
· Karen Rich