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.
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.