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Sunday 6 October 2013

Kate Stiassni - 'Spaces in Between': Contemporary Textile NYC Exhibition

The fourth month into my job at The City Quilter in Manhattan - and I'm still loving it.  An update is that I'm also now one of two Bernina Sales Assistants in the store and have increased my days to three a week.  If you didn't catch my earlier posts you can read all about the store here and then catch up on my 'golden ticket' job news here :)

About time I shared a look at the current exhibition at The Art Quilt Gallery:

 'Spaces in Between' by Kate Stiassni: 10 September - 19 October 2013 

Kate is a textile artist and quiltmaker and you can read more about her here on her website.  
This is her Artist's Statement from The Art Quilt Gallery exhibition:

"The choice of working with textiles came very naturally to me.  I love the supple and tactile nature of fabric and its ability to absorb rich colors.  I strive to express energy and movement within my work.  Yet I also try to create spaces that allow the eye to pause or pivot in its journey.
I usually begin with a simple idea, arranging and constructing (or deconstructing) abstract forms into patterns until I feel a harmonic tension or unity.  Color also comes into play, and I choose my palette from hand-dyed fabrics that provide me with a wide range of values.  I think of my process as being very intuitive, but when it's time to join the pieces together, each stitch is made with thoughtful intent, fastening the layers and adding textural depth.  I'm a firm believer that every cut, line and stitched seam leads somewhere, so I try to remain open to the process, to change and variation, and to exploring both traditional and modern techniques.
I am profoundly grateful to several amazing quilters who have added the surface stitching to a number of my quilts - Julia Graziano and Katie Troyer.  Many of the fabrics I use are hand-dyed by Lisa Reber."

All works are hand dyed fabrics, machine pieced and quilted apart from 'Theme and Variations II' and 'Seeing Double'.

 'Playing with Gray II' - 32" x 32", 2012

'Theme and Variations II' - 38" x 38", 2013

'Urban Renewal' - 23" x 22", 2011

'The Four Seasons' - 32" x 32", 2013

'Puzzled' - 52" x 28", 2013

'Ice Matters' - 42" x 64", 2013

'The Light at the End of the Tunnel' - 98" x 52", 2012

'A Balancing Act' - 42" x 38", 2013

'Theme and Variations III' - 48" x 52", 2013

'Rhythm and Rhyme' - 45" x 71", 2012

'The Seven Spirits' - 67" x 60", 2012

'A Tall Order' - 50" x 42", 2013

'Seeing Double' - 40" x 36", 2013

'Elements I, III, IV' - 14" x 18" each, 2013

If you're in Manhattan do drop in and see the quilts for yourself, they're well worth a visit.

For those who can't drop in then, I hope my photos have inspired you as much as seeing the quilts has inspired me :)

For details of other fabric, yarn, trim and notion stores that I've visited around the world along with the NYC stores I love, exhibitions and events I've attended and wonderful people I've been lucky to meet click the links below or in my sidebar :D

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  1. The photos are really inspiring Chrissie, even though I'm not into that style of quilting I loved them! You're a really great photographer I have to give it to you! Thank you for sharing those fabulous pictures! :) And I can't believe it's been over 3 months!!!

    1. Even longer now Kati, think we'll be doing January Sales shopping together at this rate!!! I really loved these quilts, they were very much 'my thing' and totally inspiring. I keep saying it but I really must start bringing my art background into my own quilts more! :D

  2. I'm generally not into such modern styles of quilting, either, but these are so fascinating to me! I wish that I could have seen them in person, but your photos are great. Thanks so much for sharing these works of art!

  3. Wow - these quilts are just amazing!

  4. Fantastic quilts! All I can think about is how long it must have taken to do all that quilting!

  5. These aren't really my style either but I can definitely appreciate the amount of work and time that went into them. Great photos too

  6. What neat quilts and all the quilting......how perfect! Thanks for sharing.
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  7. wow! beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to see it. Guess I'll have to move. :)

  8. Hi there! New follower! These are all SOO beautiful!!



  9. Wow. Just wow. I would have loved to see those in person. Thank you.


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