Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tipping point (revised: parts 1 and 2)

Note: This post was published earlier today in two separate parts, now combined.

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So I went to Houston, home of the International Quilt Festival ... gathering place of 1500+ quilts, 500-some vendors, and an estimated 55,000 attendees. And with this post, I will certainly begin to make up for the recent dry spell on the blog.

The catalog for the quilt show
was nearly 100 pages, with only the briefest of descriptions such as this synopsis of the special exhibits

This is why I've been daunted by the Houston show in the past. How do you even begin to take in something on this scale? But Judy Martin's post about Mended World drew me in 
and the possibility of meeting Glennis Dolce at the Shibori Girl booth sealed the deal.

I took pictures, of course, following the guidelines that they be used only on a personal level with credit to both the artists (to follow) and the festival (see above). 

These, then, are the things that prompted me to raise the camera, beginning with Mended World ...



which was close enough to see this ...


And really, I could have just stopped there. But the SAQA exhibit included other quilts that spoke to me ...



and may perhaps speak to you as well, if you follow the directions on the exhibit label (though I have no idea how long these will work) ...


Wandering into another exhibit I found quilts about New Mexico ...



Another exhibit held an array of intriguing digital collages by Wen Redmond, who I later heard speaking in an open lecture ...



A piece in the Silent Auction drew my eye with its hand-dyed cloth ...


that I later connected to the Fiber on a Whim folks in the vendor hall
Their cloth (including linen) is made with commercial dyes, but they look like natural dyes. I resisted temptation and haven't bought any ... yet. They also have a blog which has been added to the Kindred Spirits.

I took a picture of this massive collaborative quilt thinking it was of New Mexico towns that I could decipher later ...



only to discover my error ...


And while there were so many incredible quilts I didn't photograph, there was something about Yoko Saito's that drew me in ...


this one, so incredibly intricate ...


with this description of how it was constructed ...


so different from this more structured take ...



Yep, this is what draws my eye ...



I swear I didn't plan this, but here is the next quilt on my photo roll ...


titled, aptly enough ...


A metaphor on more than one level.

This echo of the peace, love and rock and roll of my youth ...



was followed by this echo of my own recent return to activism ...





Then I found a quilt that affirmed the vision I have for my peace shawl project ...





And another that whispered in response to the pennon I am stitching for Mo ...





Seriously folks, you can't make this stuff up ... I'm blown away as I write this about how these images spoke to me as they appeared one by one today.

Then there was a renewal of a call I had heard before, but which is now speaking too loudly and clearly to be ignored ...



This is but one ...



of many ...







Until finally, I returned to where I had begun, just in time to record a video of the docent speaking about pieces in the SAQA exhibit (this is not an active link, btw) ...



As I waited for folks to move on so I could get one last picture or two, I took a shot of the piece next to Judy Martin's ...



"Dead letter box" chuckled a voice to my left ...



"Yes, quite literally," I replied quietly (having read the exhibit label earlier) ...



And so I ended the day, standing in awe of a creation ...



but realizing that some small part of it was within my reach ...


It was enough ... more than enough ... to fill a day

16 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

went through, now to return and begin again.
How Amazing...i can't really picture it...
the space, how they ARE in that space...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

so now i understand more about how people
feel about this....
the Reality of it is so beyond anything i might imagine
Thank You...now i know

Stephanie Jo said...

I can't thank you enough for the gift of this amazingly generous post. How fortunate you were to be there!

Liz A said...

Grace - I got to a point where I simply couldn't absorb another thing. I’ll be better prepared next time.

Stephanie Jo - You’re welcome, but truly it is a self-ish thing I do, trying to make sense of the experience and learn from it

Sue McQ said...

Sweet Liz
I've had you on my mind throughout the day imagining you on this journey. What a blessing that you were
able to witness this splendor. Judy's cloth - oh my heavens - yes, heavenly. Thanks for sharing this experience with the rest of
we kindred spirits.
Blessings

Tina Zaffiro said...

Big Thanks for sharing so much of your amazing day. So many fantastic works of expression ...

Mo Crow said...

Wow! Woweee!

susan hemann said...

thank you for sharing the stunning work created by women, I do not get to quilt shows so I love to see what's out there, I was quite taken by several of the quilts.

Roxanne said...

Thanks for sharing this Liz. You have chosen what would be my favorites as well. I have been to Quilt Market several times, so can appreciate the scale and depth of your images. And it is an experience in threshold of inspiration saturation in such a good way.

Liz A said...

Thank you all in return for coming along for the ride ... now to figure out where I will go with this new-found knowledge

Dana said...

The Houston quilt show is quite an experience. I went a few years ago and stayed for three days. It was overwhelming. Thank you for sharing the ones that really inspired you....I would love to have seen them in person.

Kristin said...

Liz, a million thanks for sharing with us those pieces which called out to your soul...some amazing and wonderful work from around the globe...and the two red x's quilts are truly something else, all together. I will visit your photos again and again...thank you for sharing a vision this is not one I have seen nor will likely ever see.

Hazel said...

Oh. My. What a wonderful experience. For views of Judy's, Chawne's, and everyone's works . . . thank you so much for sharing.

Suzanna said...

Thank you for posting these, Liz...from one who lives far away. 🐴

Judy Martin said...

Oh Wow Liz. You have shared an experience - You have written words that convey your excitement and inspired heart.

Oh wow.

So nice to see how my quilt looks in the exhibition. I had to put a SAQA sleeve on it - when it hangs in the church here on Manitoulin, it hangs from its very edge - 8 inches out from the wall on a sleeve that my husband and I invented. On shelf brackets. I didn't want a sleeve to disrupt it as it is so heavy - our mended world.

But it looks great.
It looks fantastic.
Thank you for showing everything - Yoko Saito's work especially. I am aware of her work, but not that last piece you showed.

love you and thank you again.xoxoxo

Liz A said...

I just put this comment on another post:

Thank you all ... you can tell I was away by how many comments went unanswered whilst I was happily occupied with our grandkids. Please know I appreciate your presence and the time you take to comment here.

Time is so fleeting and there is so much to do ...