Improvisational Medallion Quilt

Several years ago Betty Anne Guadalupe started piecing a house block from her fabric scrap pile. It became the center block for an improvisational medallion quilt. Over several years she has built from her fabric scraps and the fabric scraps from other quilts the surrounding layers of her medallion.

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If you are not familiar with “Medallion Quilts” thespruce.com has a wonderful overview of medallion quilts in their post: What Is a Medallion Quilt? How Are the Quilts Designed?

According to thespruce.com:

“Medallion quilt layouts have a central area that often dominates the overall design. Other design elements are sewn around the center, increasing the quilt’s size as new ‘rows’ are added around the center.”

Betty Anne is still “designing elements to be sewn around the center” and building her medallion. She is slowly working on this piece as improvisational inspiration visits.

We will update you on the progress in a future post.

Jiko’s Robe at QuiltWorks Gallery June 2017

Tierney Davis Hogan’s improvisational piece, Jiko’s Robe (2015) is currently on display at QuiltWorks Gallery in Bend, Oregon.

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It is part of QuiltWorks Gallery’s Asian Exhibit of Asian inspired/themed quilts and quilted wallhangings. The exhibit opened during the First Friday Art Walk on 06/02/17 and will show through the end of June.

Jiko’s Robe was originally created by Tierney for the Deschutes Public Library Downtown Branch’s Novel Idea Art Show in 2015. It is inspired by A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, the select novel for the annual “community book group” read for Central Oregon.

Her Artist Statement provides more information on this piece:

This piece was inspired by Ruth Ozeki’s Novel – A Tale for the Time Being.

In the novel, the protagonist Nao’s great grandmother, Jiko, is a humble and wise 100+ year old Buddhist nun who wears simple robes and lives a simple life. Jiko however carries in her being – powerful history, mysteries, and depths of understanding of her place in the universe.

Inspired by a printed kimono panel, this piece represents Jiko’s “secret robe” – a robe not visible to the eye but visible to the soul. It represents the complexity, turmoil and beauty of her spirit, her experience, her wisdom and her great compassion for all beings and the earth upon which they dwell.

You can view more of Tierney’s improvisational pieces on the Tierney’s Textile Art page.

Tierney plans to post photos of other quilts in the show in a future post on her tierneycreates blog.

“Your Body of Water” Exhibit, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Tierney Davis Hogan’s Abandon Water Structure (2015), quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe and part of the Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection is on exhibit April 5 – July 3, 2017 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

It is being shown as part of the Your Body of Water, Part II exhibit and was purchased from Tierney in 2016 by the City of Seattle/Seattle Public Utilities/Office of Arts & Culture.

From the Seattle.gov website for the exhibit:

Your Body of Water, Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) newest additions to their portable works collection, are a visual exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU. The poet Jourdan Keith, who created the theme, explained it to mean the following: “We are all bodies of water, connected to one another through the water web. Your Body of water is connected to streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and tides, to toilets and faucets…to present homes, childhood homes and ancestral ones by memory, by the water cycle, by stories.” The exhibition will feature 15 contemporary artworks ranging from paintings, photography, prints and sculpture.

Abandoned Water Structure was inspired by the White Falls Power Plant near Maupin, Oregon. Below is Tierney’s original photo.

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Abandoned White Falls Power Plant

Using recycled silks and linens from garment manufacturing set into a gray ombré, Tierney turned the photo into the art quilt shown below. Betty Anne Guadalupe used the same photo as her inspiration for her exquisite quilting.

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DETAIL 1: Abandoned Structure

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DETAIL 2: Abandoned Structure (2015)

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Abandoned Structure (2015). Designed/Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Here is the Artist Statement:

40″ L x 18″ W, recycled silk garment scraps, specially dyed cotton fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

An abandoned power plant along a river in Oregon and the austere decay of the weather worn structure inspired this collaborative piece. It  inspired my piecing of recycled silk garment sample scraps into a gray tonal variegated cotton background; and inspired the quilting by Betty Anne Guadalupe, intuitively based on the actual photograph of the decaying structure and the water flowing around it. As technological progress is made and people migrate to urban areas, there is beauty to be found in the historical weather worn abandoned structures left behind.


Update 05/25/17

The show’s curator, Deborah Paine, with the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, was kind enough to send Tierney photos of the piece in the Your Body of Water, Part II show:

Sandy Esene, Registrar for the Public Arts Program, stated that after that exhibition closes Abandoned Water Structure will go down into their artwork storage area to be selected for placement throughout the City of Seattle facilities.

For more information about the City of Seattle Office of Art & Culture’s Portable Works collection check out this link: www.seattle.gov/arts/portable-works

Improvisational Scrappy Explorations

Betty Anne Guadalupe has been busy curating her extensive collection of fabric scraps from the baskets in her studio.

She has collected fabrics scraps from her own projects and those donated by other quilters for many years. Realizing it was time to curate her scraps, she has purged those she will never use (donating them); and using those in her collection to create several recent improvisational art quilts for the Improvisational Textiles Collection.

Here is one in progress:

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Just think, all those fabric scraps that would have been destined for the landfill – instead they have been turned into an improvisational art quilt!

The Recycled Road added to the Collection

Tierney Davis Hogan’s latest art quilt, The Recycled Road, has been added to The Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection, a collection of art quilts made from recycled clothing.


THE RECYCLED ROAD (2017)

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18″ W x 40″ L  recycled denim, corduroy, cotton jersey, wool and rayon.

Designed, pieced and hand quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

The Recycled Road is the second piece in my series The Recyclings, small art quilts from recycled materials.

Inspired by the theme of “Pathways” for the 2017 Central Oregon SAQA group annual art quilt exhibit, the road in this quilt represents one of many roads traveled by our creative spirit. The “pathway” starts at the orange corduroy boundary between the multicolor “road” and the plain gray “road”; and continues beyond the top edge of the quilt. It has no boundaries beyond the limits we set on our own imagination.

Using improvisational piecing techniques, this piece is created exclusively from recycled materials (denim jeans, corduroy shirt, corduroy pants, tweed jumper, sweat pants, curtains and home decor fabric scraps. Seeking a bit of adventure in working with recycled clothing, I used an old pair of faded and threadbare gray sweat pants to create the edges of the road. I hand quilted the piece to give it an organic feel. Hand quilting the recycled fabrics was an unique multilayered and meditative tactile experience.

Most of the fabrics were not reusable as clothing or home decor and were destined to end up in a landfill. Reimagining recycled clothing and other materials into art quilts satisfies my desire to honor the environment and make art that is eco-conscious. Ending up in an art quilt is a better outcome than ending up in a landfill!


In addition to the The Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection page, you can also find this quilt in the Tierney’s Textile Art page.

It’s Getting Warm In Here

Tierney’s piece It’s Getting Warm In Here (2015) has been added to the Improvisational Textiles collection and added to the Tierney’s Textile Art page.

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Here is Tierney’s official Artist Statement for this piece:

29.5” W x 20.50” recycled cotton fabric scraps and beads

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Warm and bold colors evoke the sense of a rising heat. This piece was inspired by Gwen Marston’s freeform pieced triangles and a giant box of a friend’s fabric scraps filled with primarily reds, oranges, yellows calling to come together in an improvisational design. Blues and purples were added to cool down the piece slightly so the heat does not build too quickly.

Tierney’s shares the more of the background story of this improvisational piece in her own words:

In 2015 Betty Anne invited me over for a “Sew Day” at her home after she took a “Liberated Quiltmaking” class from Gwen Marston. She shared with me several of Gwen Marston’s techniques of freeform triangle piecing into borders and ‘flying geese’ style blocks. She also shared her stash of fabric scraps, filled with reds, oranges and yellows. 

I created an improvisational piece that for me evoked a sense of rising temperature to potentially be the start of a Temperature-themed art quilt series. I added in some blues and purples to “cool down” the piece. I added red beads to the piece after it was quilting to add an additional element of interest for the viewer’s eye.

 This piece debuted at The Collaboration Show, opening at Twigs Gallery during the 4th Friday Art Walk, in Sisters, Oregon on Friday, March 25, 2016 and running through the end of April 2016.

Jiko’s Secret Robe (2015) Added to the Improvisational Textiles Collection

Tierney Davis Hogan’s piece, inspired by the Deschutes Public Library’s 2015 A Novel Idea book – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki’s, has been added to the Improvisational Textiles Collection.

ani_art Deschutes Public Library, in Central Oregon, selects on an annual “community read” novel and invites the entire Central Oregon community to read the selected novel, attend discussions and special events including art shows inspired by the book.

The annual A Novel Idea program concludes with an evening talk (usually sold out) by the author at a community venue. It is like a community-wide “book club”.

In 2015, Tierney participated in the annual juried A Novel Idea Art Show held at the Downtown Branch of the Deschutes Public Library. She was quite excited when her piece, Jiko’s Secret Robe, the only textile art shown at the Downtown Library, was selected to be in the show.

Here are the details on this piece and her Artist Statement:

Jiko’s Secret Robe

17.25” W x 40.25” L, kimono panel, cotton fabric

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

This piece was inspired by Ruth Ozeki’s Novel – A Tale for the Time Being.

In the novel, the protagonist Nao’s great grandmother, Jiko, is a humble and wise 100+ year old Buddhist nun who wears simple robes and lives a simple life. Jiko however carries in her being – powerful history, mysteries, and depths of understanding of her place in the universe.

Inspired by a printed kimono panel, this piece represents Jiko’s “secret robe” – a robe not visible to the eye but visible to the soul. It represents the complexity, turmoil and beauty of her spirit, her experience, her wisdom and her great compassion for all beings and the earth upon which they dwell.

This piece is now added to the Art Quilts > Tierney’s Textile Art section of the Improvisational Textiles website.