New exhibition featuring quilts by Sara Deever January through February 2017
SANE QUILTS FOR A CRAZY WORLD
I stitch for self-expression and therapy. I love to play with color, stitches, line,
and texture. When I sit and sew, I find great comfort and peace. Often insights will
come as the needle moves in and out in a slow meditative way.
My grandmother was an excellent embroiderer, who insisted that my sister and I
learn. I loved it and have continued; moving from stamped purchased designs to those
of my own creation. I discovered Mariska Karasz’s book ‘Adventures in Stitches’ in
1962. Later, in the 70’s, while making patches for jeans with a variety of sayings
on them, I decided to set myself a challenge: to see if the only text I stitched all
year could be scripture. It became a prayer process that I’ve continued and which
sustained me through my years as an urban high school teacher, when many of these
pieces were sewn.
For the crazy quilt pieces, I baste together interesting fabrics that may or may not
already have stitches on them. Then I embroider the edges together fastening them to
a muslin lining, binding the edge when I’m done. For the circles, I tightly sew the
fabric ground to a macramé ring and then stitch it. Sometimes I draw shapes or text
with chalk or pencil or air-erase pen. Sometimes I just stitch what feels right,
mostly working intuitively, playing with color, shape and stitch. As I begin, I may
or may not know what the saying or final design will be.
Helen Yee exhibition
Helen received her Degree in Art at The Ohio Dominican College. Her major influences in the arts have been her father, and later in life, her art professor at Ohio Dominican, Mel Rozen.
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