Studio 7 features the textile and mixed media works by regional artists: Barbara Brackman, Georgann Eglinski, Linda Frost, Carol Gilham-Jones, Elnora Nokes and Deb Rowden. This exhibition was made possible through a partnership InterUrban ArtHouselocated in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. InterUrban ArtHouse (IUAH) is a non-profit organization creating a new hub for arts and culture in Johnson County, Kansas. IUAH’s mission is to enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of Downtown Overland Park and surrounding community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment.
Reception on March 12 from 1 - 2 pm
Traditional needlework from patchwork quilts to embroidered pictures has always fascinated me. I often combine historic imagery with contemporary techniques.
I am primarily interested in using contemporary fabrics to construct traditional blocks. I often combine pieced work with applique. My inspiration is usually from the fabric I find. For me design follows fabric.
My work has covered the entire spectrum of quilting, from reproducing antique quilts using reproduction fabrics and traditional patterns to creating abstract pieces while exploring with contemporary quilt artists. These explorations have provided a means for me to take ethereal thought and emotion and put them into a physical form.
Carol Gilham Jones
The quilts from my book, Fresh Perspectives, are contemporary adaptations inspired by antique quilts from the collections of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Building on a fine antique model expands a quiltmaker's design horizons by allowing her to develop her own means of expression and design sophistication. The process coaxes a quiltmaker to consider symmetry, proportion, and visual complexity achieved with simple means, harmony, and expressive color. Perhaps best of all, the process links a quiltmaker to the chain of creativity that connects us with past generations.
I have been making art since childhood. Working in all two-dimensional media, including photography, I have finally come to mixed media collage as the best way to complete my ideas visually. I am inspired by the visual world. Relationships between the colors, patterns, and shapes found in nature and the way they relate to the built world fascinate me. I create images to share those relationships I find most interesting. My collages often feature images of animals, primarily horses, crows, lizards, and bison. I use cut and torn paper, found images, personal photographs, and any other scraps that fit my needs.
No more measuring, no following a pattern … I am sewing for the joy of it, chasing a longtime dream of finding my own voice. I am inspired by the ever-changing colors of nature and the feel of the fabrics I have collected over the years.