|Bonnie Dubbin Askowitz: Hand of Peace|
A highlight for me this summer was a visit to the Sacred Threads
quilt exhibit. This exhibit is held once every two years in Herndon, Virginia. This is the second time I've gone to the exhibit. My first time was in 2013 and I unfortunately missed the exhibit in 2015. Below is a small selection (of the hundreds of quilts!) from the exhibit that particularly struck me. The first, by Bonnie Dubbin Askowitz, is really my favorite. You can see the exuberance in each hand! I love the protective Hamsa symbol (also known as the Hand of Fatima). I've spent many hours drawing them as a form of meditation. I've designed, drawn and stitched them as gifts for dear friends and family members. Seeing Bonnie's piece made me realize that I want to go back and create more...maybe even a hundred of them!
|Bonnie Dubbin Askowitz: Detail|
Here is some "history" about the exhibit from the website
In 1999 a
small group of women gathered together with a vision of a "new"
type of quilt exhibit. At that time topics such as spirituality and
inspiration were not always understood or welcomed at traditional quilt
shows, and all-medium liturgical art exhibits generally featured few if
any quilts. There was no "safe" or welcoming venue for quilters who saw
their works as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of
their own spiritual journey. Often the meaning behind these works was
missed or misunderstood because the artist did not have the opportunity
to share their sources of inspiration with the viewer.
Founder Vikki Pignatelli and the other committee members wanted
to create a dignified exhibit of artwork that would touch all those who
viewed it on both spiritual and personal levels. We wanted to share
the experiences of quilters whose stories would be a source of healing
and strength for others by allowing the artist to submit a statement
which would be exhibited with the artwork that described the meaning or
inspiration for the piece...
|Hope Wilmarth: Fall Was Her Favorite Time of Year|
The show does not emphasize
any particular religion or theology but conveys the spirituality,
healing and inspirational messages that transcend all
|Kimberly Lacy: Pyrite Ammonites|
For the exhibit, quilts are divided into categories based
on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality,
Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood. The
artwork themes provide thought-provoking insights,
encouragement, inspiration and healing responses to grief
and human hardships...
|Sabrina Zarco: No Olvidados/Not Forgotten|
|Jackie Manley: Death Did Us Part|
|Jocelyne Sobeski: After the Snow Falls|
|Jocelyne Sobeski: Detail.|
|Linda Jurkiewicz: Blue|
|Linda Jurkiewicz: Detail.|
|Linda Jurkiewicz: Endure Hardship as Discipline|
|Linda Jurkiewicz: Detail.|
|Susan Callahan: Ball Gown with Cape (made from old ties!)|
|Lorie Hancock McCown: the Black Dresses|
|Martha Petry: Moon Flower|
|Martha Petry: Detail|
|Roxanne Lasky: Tidal III: Source|
|Roxanne Lasky: Detail|
The quilts in this exhibit were very powerful! Thank you participants for sharing your work!
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