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Return of ITAB, plus Quilts of Conservation and Life Forming

This Saturday, It will be that time again. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is set to bring their third incarnation of their International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). It is the juried exhibition of works from artists, who are merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in both artistic processes and expression.

The exhibition will feature thirty-nine works by thirty-six artists from not only the United States, but also from Canada, France, New Zealand, South Korea and Lithuania. Different mediums are used including digital jacquard weaving, digital printing and photography and computer embroidery. Yet, they all showcase the tools of technology, which allows artists to further their artistic visions, while exploring possibilities of inventions of textile in the 21st century.

A sample of ITAB can be seen on the museum’s website. It is a colorful work by Gay Lasher titled First Moment, which used fabrics including rayon and cotton, but also incorporates the use of Epson Ultrachrome Inks. ITAB is on view until November 9th.

Also opening this Saturday at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, is the exhibition Vel Garrick: Conversational Watercolor Quilts. It is the first of unique work, from this self-taught and emerging artist, who uses conversational prints and novelty fabrics, rather than typical floral prints. In doing so, Garrick creates supersized florals, landscapes and scenes, making the whole piece perfectly observed upclose, yet dizzying and magical when seen up close.

A sample of Varrick’s work can be seen on the museum’s website, featuring a very creative work titled I Found My Heart in San Francisco. Like the ITAB exhibition, this one is also on view until November 9th.

Finally there’s the exhibition Forming Our Lives, also opening this Saturday. It features works from artists Bonnie J. Smith, Carol Larson and Cristina Velazquez, all of whom used their works to recount personal stories that have shaped their lives. Those stories include being confined to a wheelchair after a work-related injury, and being shortened a few inches to better fit society. The feature works is expected to make the viewer question, why we do certain things in life, and how to overcome from certain expectations. The exhibition is on view until September 14th.

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