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These aren’t your grandmother’s quilts

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Six Views in Fiber, an exhibit that opened at the Coconut Grove Art Festival Gallery on September 7, 2013, features the work of six award-winning South Florida fiber artists who don’t follow the rules of traditional quiltmaking. Their subject matter is contemporary. Their use of materials is innovative and engaging. Their craftmanship is superb.

Many of their creations depict local landscapes and indigenous birds and beasts. Others range far afield in figurative geography and abstract expressions of color, form, and space.

If you have the time and the visual acuity, get up close and personal with some of these works. Compared to the broad strokes of a painter’s brush, a work of textile art is an incredibly complex, precise, and time-consuming stitch-by-stitch way to create an image or pattern. The textiles on display here are worthy of special admiration.

Located on the ground floor of Mayfair Center, 3390 Mary St., Suite 128, the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibit runs through October 21.

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Anhinga the Snakebird
Anhinga the Snakebird © 2013 George Leposky

Anhinga the Snakebird

Anhinga the Snakebird, by Melani Kane Brewer

Melanie Kane Brewer taught high school biology classes for 18 years before becoming a professional artist, and nature influences her artwork. She is particularly interested in Florida water birds and insects. The anhinga swims underwater to catch fish, then perches and hangs its wings out to dry.

Finding Home
Finding Home © 2013 George Leposky

Finding Home

Finding Home, by Andrea Huffman

Andrea Huffman spent 31 years as an art educator, then became a fulltime fiber artist. This image of a hermit crab finding a suitable shell in which to live is made of acrylic paint and silk-screen on hand-dyed fabrics, machine pieced and quilted, with coral and other beads and a bamboo rod.

Three Vases
Three Vases © 2013 George Leposky

Three Vases

Three Vases, by Candice Phelan

To create a quilt, Candace Phelan builds a sandwich consisting of a basic design layer of fabric, stitched threads, and perhaps yarns and paint; an inner layer; and backing fabric. She says quilting is “the magical stitch that holds all three layers together and adds form, design, and texture.”

Flower Power 1
Flower Power 1 © 2013 George Leposky

Flower Power 1


Flower Power 1, by Maya Schonenberger

“For two decades I have used my artwork as a language to express concerns and thoughts about our environment and social issues,” says Maya Schonenberger. “I use textiles as my preferred medium. The variety of textures, materials and colors in textiles are the words of my language.”

Reflection,
Reflection, © 2013 George Leposky

Reflection,

Reflection, by Catherine L. Waltz
 

Catherine L. Waltz says her work is “an exploration of motion and depth of field through fabric dyeing and machine stitching.” She hand-dyes cotton fabric using a Japanese process, arashishibori, using bamboo poles to role, tie, and otherwise manipulate the fabric before dyeing.

Pebbles in the Stream
Pebbles in the Stream © 2013 George Leposky

Pebbles in the Stream

Pebbles in the Stream, by Marianne R. Williamson

Marianne R. Williamson was raised in Switzerland and taught in East Africa. A longtime Miami resident, she is a prolific textile artist, using fabric, paint, thread, and mixed media in her work. “Light and movement are the main subjects that I have been portraying all my life,” she says.

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