Summer exhibits explore symmetry, shape, & silk!

Things are coming down to a “T” this summer and fall at the Texas Quilt Museum with the debut of three new exhibits: Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content,” “Kimono Quilts and Kimonos, and Antique Four-Poster Quilts. Collectively titled “Quilted To a ‘T’,” they will feature works with a similar shape to that letter of the alphabet.

Judith Content working in her studio

Judith Content working in her studio

This slate of exhibits will be on display from July 2-September 27, 2015. Judith Content will also be giving a free Gallery Talk at 3 p.m. on July 11. Admission to the Museum will be free that day starting at 2 p.m. Here is a rundown of each display:

Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content
Galleries I & III
Influenced by the T-shaped forms of Japanese kimonos and antique four-poster quilts, California artist Judith Content has explored this broad canvas in her quilt art for more than 25 years.

Harmony and balance in the kimono structure and how it lends itself to symmetry inspires Content. To avoid the stasis of perfect symmetry, she explores intuitive symmetry while     introducing dynamic elements into her work with surfaces that imply movement.

“I construct my quilts intuitively, using an array of hand-dyed silks, a contemporary approach to the traditional Japanese dye technique of arashi-shibori,” she notes.

Content creates subtle visual tension by intersecting dynamic and harmonious elements through color, pattern, and texture. Museum curator Dr. Sandra Sider says, “It is very satisfying to see a contemporary quilt artist so deeply engaged with quilt and textile history, responding in her own unique style to magnificent antique quilts, as well as to a timeless style of clothing embedded in another culture.”

"Tempest" by Judith Content. Photo by James Dewrance.

“Tempest” by Judith Content. Photo by James Dewrance.

Kimono Quilts and Kimonos
Gallery II
These gorgeous Japanese-accoutrement-inspired quilts and kimonos include works by such well-known artists as Therese May, Yvonne Porcella, Texas quilter Sugar Rieck, Ans Schipper-Vermeiren, and Sarah Ann Smith.

Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, an internationally known expert in Japanese textiles, serves as Guest Curator for this exhibit. And three of the kimonos on view are from her private collection.

Antique Four-Poster Quilts
Gallery I
Antique four-poster quilts, most popular in New England during the 1800s, lack the bottom corners.
This is so the quilt would fit easily around the back bedposts, with a section draped over the foot of the bed.

Museumgoers can see rare four-poster bed quilts from the New England Quilt Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the International Quilt Festival Collection.

The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. It opened in 2011 and is housed in two 19th-century buildings in the Historic District of La Grange. Its restoration has won both Preservation Texas and Main Street awards. The Museum complex also includes a period Texas garden with a monumental 13’ x 85’ outdoor mural, Quilts: History in the Making, as its focal point. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org

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