In December I went on a field trip to the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. There I saw Blanket Statements: a show of quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett using his fabrics, as well as historical quilts from the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
Kaffe Fassett’s colors are strong and exuberant; they sing.
Kaffe Fassett: Autumn Crosses
The colors in the older quilts are more muted. The old fabrics carry memories. Even though they aren’t my memories I can feel their pull and power.
Etlderton Log Cabin from the 1890’s.
Small Squares from the 1930’s.
1890 Chevron Stripes
You can hear them especially well up close.
1874-1900 hearts and crosses
detail from Red Manor House Coverlet, 1850’s
I don’t know who Mrs. Fitzherbert is, but I like her quilt and her name. This quilt whistles.
1800 -1850’s Mrs. Fitzherbert top
In another room at the Michener were quilts made of wood by Laura Petrovich-Cheney. They clatter and chatter.
These shows left me inspired to find my own melodies. If you want to hum, sing, whistle or chatter with some quilts you can see the Blanket Statements show until February 21st, and the wood quilts until May 15th.
p.s. If you take a trip to Doylestown, don’t miss the Mercer Museum, the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill. I just wrote about the Moravian Tile Works at Books Around the Table.
In December of 2014 my husband and I went to Portugal and Spain. We saw tiles everywhere. The blue and white tiles are called Azulejos.
We saw tiles on walls.
and on the ground.
We saw tiles with animals and birds on them.
and tiles that were pure pattern.
When I came home I did some paintings that were inspired by the tiles and other things I saw on that trip. Many of those paintings were used to make a new line of fabric for In the Beginning Fabrics. The new line is called Azuli. The word sounds like Azulejos and the word azul which means blue in Spanish. It is fun to say, but doesn’t have a true meaning.
Here are some of the paintings that didn’t become fabric.
And here are some paintings that did become fabric!
This pomegranate pattern became an allover repeat (and I added a few seeds).
This allover pomegranate pattern was printed in a blue or burgundy color way.
Here are peacocks we saw in Portugal.
and fabric inspired by their feathers.
A rooster from the trip…
and a rooster that flew into the fabric line..
Azuli is available now at fabric stores such as Gathering Fabric in Woodinville, Washington, Pacific Fabrics or online at Winter Creek Cloth.
Putting together this blog post has made me remember the trip so clearly. I think I might need to go back and get inspired all over again.
If you are subscribed to this blog you will have noticed that I haven’t posted much on it. This year has been busy with new books. P. Zonka Lays an Egg has just come out and I’ve been working on some others. I’ve also started a new business selling prints (Julie Paprika). And there has been lots of art making and lots of life living. Today I am posting an announcement for an upcoming show in a beautiful barn. The show will include textile art.
As I get the work for this show photographed I will post some of it here. I apologize for being an inconstant blogger in the past, and I promise that I will be equally inconstant in the future. But I will post occasionally! And I thank you for occasionally reading.
Swedish Embroidery, seen in Selvedge Magazine