Jill Fisher

Knauer, T 2019, Why We Quilt : Contemporary Makers Speak Out about the Power of Art, Activism, Community, and Creativity, Storey Publishing, LLC, North Adams, p 114 Available from: ProQuest Ebook Central. [24 May 2021].

This large quilt has a dark background with irregular square blocks on point(presented as a diamond), in green, with the downward edge in white. Overlying the blocks there is a fine dark grid of stitch, the quilting, holding the layers together. This quilt doesn’t read as a traditional quilt but contains within it all the elements of historical quilting – piecing, layering and quilting. The arrangement of the green blocks reads as a downward motion with their white leading edge and the dark quilting overlying this acts to suggest grid like barrier. I find it difficult to know if the artist intended a specific reading of this quilt but I nonetheless find the aesthetics of this quilt pleasurable to experience. The colours and irregular shapes suggest an organic environment and the quilting seems to extend from the background over the blocks to better meld the work as one. I hope that I can combine a degree of abstract symbolism and text, to create a work with similar aesthetics, but with enhanced underlying meaning.

I have discovered that this artist is https://pieladyquilts.blogspot.com/

And I found her commenting directly on this quilt on instagram. @pieladyquilts

Apparently she does make quilts that are saying something or transmitting a feeling but there is not statement to help me interpret this quilt. Nonetheless seems like she does make quilts that have at least personal meaning. Her entry in Why We Quilt talks about making quilts for still borns after having a still born baby herself. Again does reinforce the weight of quilts in life.

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