Quilting Meets Couture

A page documenting the Quilting Meets Couture Collection has been added to Improvisational Textiles.

In 2012 a group of 14 Oregon artists (experienced art quilters, new art quilters, and long-arm quilters) came together and created 21 art quilts from recycled couture fabric for a collection called Quilting Meets Couture. 

This collection of 21 art quilts were created from silk, wool and linens samples and remnants from couture fabrics from the European textile houses of Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini and D’Este from the 1990s.

Betty Anne Guadalupe long-arm quilted the majority of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. Marilyn Forestell owner of the QuiltWorks Gallery invited the Quilting Meets Couture artists to debut their show. Long-arm quilters Eva Hathaway and Barbara McCown assisted Betty Anne get the collection quilted in time for the debut show at QuiltWorks Gallery in September 2012.

Buck, Border, and Beyond (2012)

Bucks, Borders and Beyond (2012) by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

The collection’s next show was thanks to the support of Jean Wells and Ann Richardson of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. They invited the artists of the Quilting Meets Couture collection to show their art quilts in the Sisters Public Library at the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

After two shows, the collection was gaining momentum and private collectors were making inquires on some of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. However the person acting as the collection’s curator at the time, discouraged the artists from selling their art quilts as the plan was to seek sponsor/patronage and turn it into a touring show.

This sponsorship was never obtained by the curator (who was eventually removed from her role as curator); and as none of the artists had experience in curating and obtain sponsorship/patronage for such a show, the Quilting Meets Couture disbanded. Unfortunately this beautiful collection concept died on the vine and did not realize its full potential.

Betty Anne Guadalupe and Tierney Davis Hogan combined their Quilting Meets Couture art quilts to turn them into the Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection, adding in additional pieces made from recycled clothing and clothing manufacturing scraps and samples.

The Quilting Meets Couture page was added to the Improvisational Textiles website (Art Quilts > Quilting Meets Couture) to document the coming together and collaboration of these Oregon artists and to share the images (most photographed by Jeremy Koons) and stories of these art quilts inspired by beautiful and unique Italian silks, linens and wool scraps from the 1990s.

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