Special Exhibits - North Hall
The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to bring a wide range of quilts for your enjoyment in our special exhibits area. This year we have two exhibits.
The Prince Cherrywood Challenge 2018: A quilt challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
What can you create with just one color? Every year, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics challenges artists to create a unique piece of art with a limited color palette of Cherrywood fabrics. In 2018, given simple rules, they were encouraged to push themselves creatively to design an original 20”x20” quilt using predominately purple and black, taking inspiration from the music, movies, and legacy of the late Prince Rogers Nelson. Of the 388 quilts submitted, 165 were chosen for three traveling exhibits. The cohesive colors, size, theme, and texture of Cherrywood make the exhibit one of a kind. There were no limits on technique, so the viewer will see incredible manipulations of fabric in these 20-inch quilts. The collection is stunning and we hope you can appreciate the time and artistry that went into their creation!
The Live Tour, consisting of 75 quilts, predominantly from the western United States, will be on display. The third place winner of the challenge, “The Spirit of Paisley Park,” made by Dallas Quilt Guild member Elizabeth Budd, is included in this tour.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958. A son of a pianist and a jazz singer, he wrote his first song when he was just seven years old. Prince was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. Prince called Minnesota home up until his untimely death in 2016. Paisley Park, Prince’s studio and home, is located just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio, making this an obvious choice for our fourth contest.
More information on the Prince Cherrywood Challenge can be seen at: http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/prince or http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/schedule
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric has been located in Brainerd, Minnesota, for over 32 years. The small staff of 8 produces the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. The exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. Once you feel it, you will understand why Cherrywood is the leader in hand-dyed fabrics. For more information on Cherrywood go to their website http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/about-us
UNT Fibers Program Beginning Quilting Projects
These pieces represent work by students enrolled in the Fibers program of the Studio Art Department at the University of North Texas. The Fibers minor is designed to encourage students to explore working in fibers, quilting included. An APQS computerized longarm machine is available to students to explore quilting techniques. The purchase of this longarm was made possible in part by a grant from the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas Endowment Fund in 2016*.
The Fibers program at UNT offers a rich intersection, not only between faculty and students, but also through our promotion of creative research rich in cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary issues in fiber work as it relates to contemporary art, craft, and design practices.
The students have access to large, well-equipped studios and professional instruction to support studies in structures: on and off-loom strategies (weaving, spinning, felting, netting, knitting); and surfaces: safe dye practices utilizing resists, chemical and natural resources, direct applications (embroidery, marbling, screen-printing, silk painting, cyanotype); and experimentations with combinations of techniques. Students learn how to use and maintain a computerized APQS long-arm quilting machine, computerized knitting machines, floor and compu-dobby looms and a large format digital fabric printer.
Information on the program is available at https://art.unt.edu/studio-art/fibers
*In 1986 and Endowment fund was established, with the first award being presented in 1988. Since that time, the QGD has awarded one to five grants a year to individuals and organizations to fund projects that will have a long-term impact on preserving the heritage and furthering the art of quilts and quilt making.