Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics sponsors an annual design contest. The themes are diverse, but each has a color story—Wicked (greens), Lion King (golds), and Vincent (that's van Gogh blues!). In 2018, they challenged the world to create original, 20” mini-quilts inspired by the music, movies, and genius of the late Prince Rogers Nelson.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis in 1958 and called Minnesota home until his death in 2016. The son of a pianist and a jazz singer, he wrote his first song at age seven. Prince became a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. With over 40 albums, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His iconic film Purple Rain was filmed in Minneapolis. Incidentally, Paisley Park, Prince’s studio and home, is located just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio in Brainerd, MN.
You can learn more about the Quilt Adventures in the STITCHES SoCal 2018 Show Book PDF.
Here are 5 of the 75 quilts in the exhibit: PAISLEYS AND DIAMONDS AND PEARLS, OH MY! by Robin Gausebeck (winner of the Second Prize), CIRCLE OF LOVE by Brooke Winters, THE ARTIST by Joy Lamphere, PRINCE AND YOUR SIGNATURE GUITAR by Aparecida Leme,and PURELY PRINCE by Pamela Kuck.
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Building on his childhood doodles and a fascination with all kinds of patches (military, varsity—you name it), Page Wood went on to a successful career in design and illustration—designing posters, book jackets, and magazine covers. At the dawn of the digital age, he moved from New York City to Los Angeles to make movie posters with his wife Myra.
"I’ve always been interested in process art—mechanicals, rubyliths, stencils, screen printing—anything to avoid paints, brushes, and canvas; they’re messy and muddy, and the colors are never bright enough."
It was on a trip to Thailand that Page found dupioni silks and slubs in the colors he craved, so he began a collection.
Lynn Carson Harris, Textile Artist—Lynn lives in Michigan where she creates art, raises chickens, and grows vegetables. Her parents grew up on farms and, like the little red hen in the children’s story, she was taught to do things from scratch—never let anything go to waste. So it’s no surprise that Lynn, the author of Every Last Piece, uses scraps in many of her quilts.
"I create textile art using the techniques employed by past generations of my family to create utilitarian objects such as clothes and quilts. I connect the past to the present and honor the beauty and artistry of the handmade.”
"While all of my pieces are original designs, I turn to the geometric patterns of antique quilts for inspiration.”
See a display of her full-size and mini-size quilts in the Exhibit Area in the Market all weekend. Meet Lynn there Thursday at 7:00 pm and Friday & Sunday at 12:30 pm.