Tierney Davis Hogan

This page has three (3) sections: Artist Statement, The Stories, Exhibits & More



Artist Statement

“The storyteller is the person who creates an atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself”, storyteller Barry Lopez noted.

dec-2014-meI want to use textiles as my medium to tell stories.

My fiber/textile art is created with a single or ongoing story in mind. These stories originate from my life experiences, observations, struggles, dreams and hopes. The earth and its inhabitants are very precious to me and I want to do work that contributes to environmental conservation efforts. I primarily use recycled textiles in my art to include recycled clothing, textile manufacturing samples and scraps, and discards from others quilt-making. My focus on improvisational design: The fabric itself and creative inspiration guide me to allow the piece to evolve organically and become what it wants to become.


I also tell stories through written word via my blog – tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles & smiles (tierneycreates.com).

If you would like to read about my art quilting journey and about how I got started in quilting, please see Meet the ‘Tierney’ in tierneycreates page on my tierneycreates blog.

I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA),  the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN), and the Quilt Alliance.

You can contact me via the Contact page/form on this website.



The Stories

Currently I have six story series for my art: 1) Color Stories, 2) Recycled Denim Stories, 3) Stories My Father Told Me, 4) Reinvented Stories, 5) Library Stories, and 6) Other Stories.


Color Stories

Color Stories are my first series of art quilts. The Color Stories series of art quilts are vibrant colored compositions, primarily created from recycled silk, wool and linens samples and remnants from couture fabrics from the 1990’s European textile houses of Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini and D’Este. Many of these pieces are long-arm machine quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

For more on the recycled fabrics in these quilts see the Quilting Meets Couture page. The Collaboration page discusses the art quilt collaboration on many of these pieces.

Color Story I: Flying Triangles (2012)

Color Study 1: Reflections of Flying Triangles (2012)

Color Story I: Flying Triangles (2012). Recycled garment silks. Designed & Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photography by Jeremy Koons.

45 ” W x 44.5″ L, silk & linen garment scraps pieced on muslin

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

The Story of this Piece:

The color story for this quilt was inspired by a large pile of colorful silks and linen scraps laying before me. Inspired by the freeform triangle pieces quilt, “Aurora” by Jean Hunt in Quick Colorful Quilts (2003), I pieced the linen and silk sample scraps onto a muslin foundation.

While designing this quilt I was overwhelmed with all the possible beautiful color combinations. The pile of colors before me were all speaking at the same time and suggesting numerous exquisite combinations. at times my mind was working faster than my hands could put combinations together!

Color Story II: Silk Landscape

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Color Story II: Silk Landscape (2012). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photography by Jeremy Koons.

36″ W x 23″ L, silk and linen garment samples

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

The Story of this Piece

This quilt began as an experiment – piecing strips of silk and linen garment samples and scraps in the same color family; then slicing them into strips. The color story that evolved was that of a silken landscape of a dense silk magical forest of color.

In addition to the couture fabrics, I inserted strips of copper colored raw silk (purchased second hand from a thrift store) to connect the panels I had created.

Color Story III: Random Not So Random

Color Study 3: Random not so Random (2012)

Color Story III (2012). Designed and Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremey Koons.

24″ W X 33″ L , linen and silk garment samples

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

The Story of this Piece:

This color story is a tale of pure artistic experimentation in assembling random pieces, which became less random as the quilt progressed. The center piece came out of assembling, cutting and re-assembling strips of silk and linen garment samples and scraps in various combinations. The inserted slivers of color were an impulse inspired design element for additional interest and flow to the piece.

Color Story IV: Color Change

Color Change (2012). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photography by Jeremy Koons.

Color Story IV: Color Change (2012). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

53″ W x 73″ L, linen and silk

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

The Story of this Piece:

I was ready to change my color story – I had been working in a bright and bold palette of silk and linen garment samples and scraps for the “Color Story” series.

While looking through the entire collection of Italian silk, linens and wool scraps, I noticed a pile of brown silks that my colleague, Betty Anne had put aside for a piece she was working on for the Quilting Meets Couture collection. This pile of inspired me to change my color story and explore dark deep rich colors with brown as the focal color.

Color Story V: Abandoned Water Structure (2015)

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

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

The Story of this Piece:

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.

Owned by the City of Seattle for the Seattle Public Utilities Portlable Works Collection

Color Story VI: Archaeological Dig – The Vessel (2015)

Floating Vessel (2015). Designed & pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Color Story VI (2015). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

33″ L x 26 1/2″ W, recycled silk garment scraps, specially dyed cotton fabric

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

The Story of this Piece:

In this collaborative piece, I wanted to create a color story that represents the human experience as interconnected but solitary vessels moving through time and place.

I pieced recycled silks to float in a tonal variegated cotton background.

Betty Anne Guadalupe quilted this piece to elicit the feel of something old, discovered deep in the earth, as during an archeological dig.

The iridescence in the piece reflect the light that shines within each of us, growing brighter as we share our collective experiences.

Color Story VII: Ohio Shifted (2016)

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Ohio Shifted (2016). Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan.

18” W x 14.25” L, recycled Silks

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

The Story of this Piece:

Ohio Shifted (2016) is a color story of shared improvisational experimentation.

It is a chapter in a story of a back-and-forth of trading fabric scraps between two art quilters. Made from recycled silk samples and scraps from garment manufacturing, it was created as part of a challenge with Betty Anne Guadalupe to use the scraps from her piece, Ohio Star (2016), a reinvented Ohio Star block, to create another small art quilt.

I floated the miniature square-within-a-square log cabin blocks in bright fuchsia raw silk that I found at a thrift store.


Recycled Denim Stories

Recycled Denim Stories is an ongoing series of improvisational art quilts using denim as a primary fabric combined with other recycled materials.

He Dresses Up, He Dresses Down (2014)

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He Dresses Up, He Dresses Down (2015). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

48″ L x 27″ W, recycled jeans, wool blanket & menswear wool suiting scraps

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

The Story of this Piece:

I wanted to tell the story of masculine dress – dressing for business vs. dressing for comfort – and combine these two dressing styles into one art quilt made with recycled material.

Using recycled blue jeans, Pendleton blanket scraps and donated mens suiting wool manufacturing scraps (originally scheduled for disposal but donated to our art quilt group), I created a quilt to represent the duality of the way a man can dress – “dressing up” for the office and business world and “dressing down” for casual comfort when not working.

The Recycled Door (2016)

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Recycled Door (2016). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Marion Shimoda.

18” W x 40” L, recycled jeans, various recycled clothing, and recycled home decor fabric

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

The Story of this Piece:

This art quilt in the Recycled Denim Stories series, was inspired by the 2016 Central Oregon SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) challenge to create an 18″ x 40″ art quilt/wallhanging that represented our interpretation of a door.

My “door” created from using recycled materials: jeans, corduroy shirts, a tweed jumper, and home decor fabric, was based on a door image on Australian door and window manufacturer’s website – Brisbane Timber. This is my interpretation of one of their doors.

The Recycled Road (2017)

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The Recycled Road (2017). Designed, pieced and hand quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan.

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

Designed, pieced and hand quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

The Story of this Piece:

Inspired by the theme of “Pathways” for the 2017 Central Oregon SAQA group annual art quilt exhibit, the story of this art quilt from recycled denim and recycled clothing is the story of the many roads traveled by the creative spirit.

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!


Stories My Father Told Me

My father, Raoul A. Davis, Sr. was an amazing man. He passed in 2008, and left behind a legacy of stories and inspiration. Born of the 4th of July, he was the son of two teachers and grew up the segregated South in the 1930s. Starting from my earliest memories as a child, I remember him telling me inspirational, poignant and humorous stories of his challenges growing up in the segregated South and as a young African American man during the turbulent 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He faced many hardships and challenges but always forged ahead to achieve his goals and dreams.

I am currently working on a series of quilts honoring these stories that shaped and inspired me. The full story behind this series can be found on my tierneycreates blog in the post Stories My Father Told Me.

The first quilt in the series is titled “The Lesson & The Equation and it will be part of a not yet announced national exhibit. However, I did receive permission from the show’s curator to share a photo of the quilt on my tierneycreates blog.

The Lesson & The Equation (2016)

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The Lesson and The Equation (2016), partial image. Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan.

50″ W x 50″ L  cotton

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

The Story of this Piece:

Below are excerpts from my Artist Statement for this piece, the full Artist Statement is not available until the not yet announced national exhibit is is part of opens.

My father grew up in the segregated South in the 1940s and embraced at an early age that change comes from respectful dialogue, not violence. He taught us that regardless of what adversity we faced in life, we must face it with grace; and treat others with respect, dignity, and brotherhood….  (THE LESSON).

In this quilt, a father (modeled after my own father in the 1970s) is teaching his children, on the main blackboard, THE EQUATION to achieving a world in which people are Free and Equal…I am from a family of educators, beginning with my great-grandfather. The blackboards in the quilt honor that legacy.


Reinvented Stories

Reinvented Stories is a series of improvisational art quilts created from recycled discarded piecings by other quilters. Instead of the landfill, I have recycled, reused and reinvented these blocks and scraps into art quilts.

It’s Getting Warm In Here (2015)

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It’s Getting Warm In Here (2015). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan, quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

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

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

The Story of this Piece:

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.

We Will Not Be Discarded (2016)

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We Will Not Be Discarded (2016). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan, quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

17″ W x 51″ L,  cotton and cotton batiks

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

The Story of this Piece:

I could not turn down this recycling challenge: Trimmed scraps from another quilters blocks at a quilting retreat were destined for the trash.

I convinced the quilter to give me those trimmings for an experiment.

This piece was created from those discards, setting them in a coppery solid fabric. I used nearly every scrap and then used most of the scraps I created from trimming the original scraps!

Nothing was wasted!

Owned by a Private Art Collector

Tree Outside My Window (2015)

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Tree Outside My Window (2015). Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

48″ W x 68″ L  cotton and cotton batiks, inks

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

The Story of this Piece:

Every morning I have a cup of tea and sit in the front window looking at the trees outside my window and a sense of peace washes over me.

A friend had pieced a series of small experiment blocks using muted colors. She gave me her blocks and the related fabric scraps. I expanded the blocks, added in trees created using fabric surface design techniques, and framed the blocks in an abstract wood grain-like fabric.

1930s Revisited (2015)

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41″ W x 44.5″ L  cotton

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

The Story of this Piece:

Another quilter was working on a quilt with antique 1930s fabrics. She gave up on the quilt and donated these blocks to my friend Betty Anne Guadalupe, who in turn handed me these blocks.

Originally these rescued blocks did not fit together and were in a strange pattern (so strange that no matter what I did I could not make them fit together). So I redesigned the blocks, cutting off the left and right corners to join the blocks together. I recycled the trimmed corners to form the the quilt’s pieced borders.


Library Stories

My local public library holds near a sacred space in my heart. The library and reading has been a special refuge for me since childhood. This series, currently with only one art quilt in the series, contains art quilts inspired by stories borrowed from my beloved public library.

Jiko’s Secret Robe (2015)

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Jiko’s Secret Robe (2015). Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan.

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

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

The Story of 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.


Other Stories

Seeds (2017)

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My Women’s March banner, Seeds, is based on a Mexican proverb and the banner is currently in a national traveling exhibit called Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches. It is featured in a book about the exhibit by the same title published by the FemFour.



Exhibits & More


Exhibits & Shows

  • The Recycled Road – Pathways, Central Oregon SAQA  exhibit at Twigs Gallery, Sisters, Oregon, opening October 27, 2017, running through November 2017.
  • The Recycled Road – Pathways, Central Oregon SAQA  exhibit at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Gallery, opening September 3, 2017 and running through October 3, 2017.
  • The Recycled Road – Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Special Exhibit, July 8, 2017. Tierney Davis Hogan’s piece – Recycled Road – debuted in the Central Oregon SAQA Pathways Exhibit.
  • Jiko’s RobeAsian Exhibit, QuiltWorks Gallery, Bend Oregon June 2 – 30, 2017. Tierney Davis Hogan’s piece – Jiko’s Robe is in this exhibit featuring Asian themed quilts. See the post Jiko’s Robe at QuiltWorks Gallery June 2017 for more details.
  • Abandoned Water Structure – Your Body of Water, Part II, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Seattle, WA, April 5 – July 3, 2017. This exhibit is a visual exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for Seattle Public Utilities. For more information see the post Your Body of Water Exhibit, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.
  • Ohio Shifted – Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF), Santa Clara Convention Center (greater San Francisco Bay Area), CA, October 13 – 16, 2015, Ohio Shifted will be part of the Shape Shifting Exhibit within the Creative Challenges Exhibit.
  • The Recycled Door – Doors, Central Oregon SAQA  Doors exhibit at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Gallery, opening September 9, 2016 and running through the end of  September.
  • The Recycled Door – Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Special ExhibitCentral Oregon SAQA Doors Exhibit, July 9, 2016.
  • Color Story II: Silk Landscape, Color Story III: Random Not So Random, and Color Story VI: Archaeological Dig – Summer Member’s Show, Mott Gallery –  June 4, 2016 and runs through June 19, 2016, Carytown –  Richmond, Virginia.
  • Tree Outside My Window, It’s Getting Warm in Here, We Will Not Be Discarded, and 1930’s Revisited – The Collaboration, Twigs Gallery, Sisters, Oregon. March 25, 2016 through the end of April 2016.
  • Jiko’s Secret RobeA Novel Idea Art Show 2015, Deschutes Public Library, Downtown Branch – March – April 2015. Jiko’s Secret Robe (based on the annual Deschutes Public Library’s A Novel Idea book, Ruth Ozeki’s Novel – A Tale for the Time Being) exhibited in the annual art show featuring work inspired by the annual community wide read A Novel Idea book.
  • Color Story VI: Archaeological Dig – QuiltWorks Gallery’s “November Inspirations: Small Quilt Show” opening on the November First Friday Art Walk on 11/6/2015 and running through the end of November.
  • Color Story IV: Color Change – Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF), Santa Clara Convention Center (greater San Francisco Bay Area), CA, October 16 – 19, 2014.
  • Color Story III: Random Not So Random – NEW DIRECTIONS ’14, Barrett Art Center’s 29th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition, Barrett Art Gallery 1850’s townhouse, located at 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, Saturday, September 27, 2014 through Saturday, November 8, 2014.
  • Color Story I – IV – Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Special Exhibition (Quilting Meets Couture quilts), July 2013
  • Color Story I – IV – QuiltWorks Gallery, Bend, OR, September 7, 2012 – debut of the pieces in the Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection created in 2012 (Several of the silk quilts in this collection were originally shown as part of an exhibit titled Quilting Meeting Couture). The exhibit debuted the first four Color Story Series art quilts – Color Story I: Flying Triangles, Color Story II: Silk Landscape, Color Story III: Random Not So Random, and Color Story IV: Color Change.

 


More

  • National SAQA Print Ad – Tierney Davis Hogan featured in the Studio Art Quilt Associates SAQA national membership advertisement appearing in publications such as Fiber Art Now and Quilting Arts.

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  • 1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts (2015) by Sandra Sider –  sections from Tierney Davis Hogan’s Color Story Series art quilts – Flying Triangles,  Color Change, Silk Landscape and Random Not So Random  were selected to be included in this book showcasing innovative work published by Quarry Books.
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Photo credit: Amazon.com

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Four of the Color Story Series quilts were featured in the book

  • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Festival 2013 Flyer – Color Story I: Flying Triangles was featured on the cover.
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Tierney Davis Hogan’s ‘Flying Triangles’ was features throughout the flyer as a header and graphic!


All images, works, and text are property of Improvisational Textiles, Betty Anne Guadalupe and Tierney Davis Hogan, and cannot be used without their permission. ©

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