Living in Akron, Ohio, I’ve become used to the annual pilgrimages AA members make to Dr. Bob’s house. I’m not above making pilgrimages of my own. When my husband and I decided to take a road trip to Montana I lobbied for a stop in Lincoln, Nebraska, to visit the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
My husband, being supportive of my obsession, went along with this, and dropped me off at the museum’s doors just as it opened. Since we were there on a Saturday I couldn’t wheedle my way into a behind the scenes tour of the archives. Instead I’ll have to make do with the videos. I hope you look at the quilt index to see the breadth of the museum’s collection. However, Michael James’ latest work was featured in one of the exhibitions, so I was content.
Michael James sparked my interest in quilting long ago when I got hold of his The Quiltmaker’s Handbook and realized that quilting could combine craft and art. His work has changed considerably since that book. The 2015 piece below shows he’s returned to his printmaking roots via digital printing. The piecing is extremely simple, but each piece of fabric contains worlds.
Covering the War featured quilts honoring soldiers individually and collectively. This jacket by an unknown seamstress caught my eye. I believe the Morse Code underneath the V stands for SOS.
Still other exhibits featured quilts from many world cultures, a small collection of circle themed art quilts by local artists, and toy sewing machines.
For reasons I never discovered, Lincoln is dotted with giant light bulb sculptures that feature themes related to nearby landmarks. Here’s the one in front of the museum.
Of course I couldn’t leave without visiting the gift shop. I came away with the catalogs for the Michael James exhibition and the 2001-2 European Art Quilts II show. No tee shirts this time.
Clouds of the West
While everyone else I encountered on my 4700 mile road trip was taking selfies, I concentrated on clouds. The western skies are so expansive that the cloud formations can be dramatic. I may look into digital fabric printing of some of my clouds.
Starting in Chadron, Nebraska, I took up my point and shoot camera in this cause.
Next up, Montana. These are from the road and Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.
Then the Badlands of South Dakota.
Our Car in the Badlands
Entering The Badlands
What’s with all those selfies anyway? I took a 1.5 mile cave tour (Wind Cave) and followed a mother and son who stopped every 10 feet for picture taking – of themselves.
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