Here's the blurb about the lecture:
Abstract Quilts in Solids
Quilts made in solids have an impressive history. They were the first quilts to be taken seriously as art. In 1971, Amish quilts from the collection of Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof constituted the first major museum exhibition of quilts shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Using her new abstract quilts as examples, Gwen discusses her work in solids and points out some of the great characteristics inherent in solids. The lecture is illustrated with quilts from her book Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids.
I couldn't resist slapping on a visitor's badge in order to be able to see Gwen's work and hear her speak. Totally worth it.
I didn't expect Gwen to be so darn funny! Just delightful. And of course her quilts - full of inspiration . . . and most if not all, hand-quilted.
According to Gwen, some of the key characteristics of solids:
- They are more paintery
- They never look dated
- Artistically....the line between them is very clear
- They have an impressive history, being the first quilts to be considered as art
- The quilting shows up like gangbusters
Other bits of wisdom:
- Embrace the pucker (in talking about quilting)
- If you get tired of doing something, go so far and quit...
- Keep it simple while trying to create interest
- Just have a good time and try stuff
I'm sharing some of the best photos I caught by phone camera, but get a better look at some of the quilts Gwen shared in Abstract Solids on Pinterest. I know I'll be perusing them for a while . . .