Forever Home Found

I am always happy when I find new caregivers for my pieces, so I was especially happy last week when my dear brother asked if he could have two of my quilts. I was thrilled to have him visit me IN PERSON after over a year, and his request was icing on the cake. A look-see at my work is often on the agenda for his visits, and so I subjected him to an informal show.

The appeal of art is so subjective. You never know how others will react to your work. I found my brother was drawn to strong color and line. Here are the pieces he selected. Good thing he had plenty of room in his suitcase.

“Primary Directive” My brother liked the fabric with writing in this improv piece.
“There Are Strings Attached” (Sorry for the old crooked photo.) I based the design of this 2012 quilt on the work of Sandi Cummings.

Of course we did much more than look at my work. One of our jaunts took us to the Cleveland Museum of Art where I enjoyed exhibits of Panamanian molas, photos by Bruce Davidson, and woodcuts by Gustave Baumann.

Iguana Mola Panel, c. 1950-70, Republic of Panamá, Gunayala Comarca, Wissubwala, Guna people

I discovered a painting by northeast Ohio artist Julian Stanczak. The lines can’t be more than 1/8th of an inch wide, and I love the transparent effect.

“Filtered Yellow”

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12 responses to “Forever Home Found

  1. Jane E Herbst

    So great that you were able to have in-person time with your brother! That he likes and wants to own and display your fiber creations must be so much more satisfying a reaction than, “Wow! Are you sure we have the same parents?!?” I love my 2 remaining siblings but we do often demonstrate that sometimes one of the apples falls a little further than the others from the nut tree.

    • We had a great visit. My brother may wonder about our parentage, but so far he hasn’t said it out loud. He is not a creative, but is great on detailed, perfectionist work, which I fail at.

  2. Norma Schlager

    Lucky you to have someone who loves your work as much as you do. Will he hang these on a wall?

  3. Donna

    Wow! So many comments. 1) You are so lucky to have a brother who appreciates your work. 2) I took a class from Sandy Cummings sometime around 2012 where she taught the techniques used in your quilt. 3) OMG, Molas! I don’t think most of the people in my quilt guild even know what they are. I recently rediscovered 7 little Mola pieces in my “someday I’ll do something with this” stash. I made a little wall hanging with the Parrot Mola and the other 6 are patiently waiting for me to get back to them. Thank you for sharing.

    • I have learned not to give quilts to people who don’t appreciate them, and I include baby quilts in that statement. I hadn’t realized she was still teaching as her website seems stuck in 2006. The photo of the mola doesn’t do justice to the vibrant colors. The exhibit has one wall painted a dark turquoise with several molas displayed on it. Wowza.

  4. That’s awesome! I’m glad that your quilts will be enjoyed beyond your space by someone who obviously appreciates your talent. Thank you for sharing the piece by Julian Stanczak; it’s amazing and I can understand why you would love it. I couldn’t even see the lines so I did a search for him and wow! And funny thing, now I can see the lines in your photo.

    • When you get up close to Stanszak”s piece you can see how precise and narrow the lines are. Other museums in my area have pieces by him as well. Of course, I was drawn to that painting because of the transparency effect.

  5. I can see why your brother wanted those pieces!

  6. Hurray! I am so glad you are getting to celebrate normal life! 🙂

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