Speaking of Modern Quilt Shows, this is the fifth annual Stitch Modern Exhibition put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, or are here for a visit, please join us for one of our events or our great opening party, or just come and take in the show!
The East Bay Modern Quilters focus on modern design and personal expression through quilting. As a non-juried show, there are no hard rules – this is quilting our own way, whether it’s with the latest fabrics and traditional patterns, or free piecing with no pattern at all!
We hope you will join us! Click the links below to find out more about our exciting events.
April 8th – May 8th Exhibition
Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
April 8th: 6:30pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration.
April 10th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Label That Quilt! – Don’t become a “Maker Unknown!” Bring your stack of unlabeled quilts and we’ll help you label them for posterity. Ideas and supplies will be provided.
April 13th: 7pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Lecture: Global Perspectives in Quilting, Talks by Youngmin Lee & Sujata Shah $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm
April 17th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Workshop: Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants: Designing an Original Quilt with Pamela Rocco
$65 SOLD OUT
April 26th: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, A Verb for Keeping Warm FREE
East Bay Modern Quilters Monthly Meeting – As always, on the last Tuesday of the month, the East Bay Modern Quilters meeting is the place to be! If you’ve never been before, don’t be shy, come and introduce yourself. Bring your latest project for show and tell or just come and hang out!
May 1st: 12pm-2:30pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Deanna Davis Children’s Quilt Day – an afternoon of making charity quilts in honor of Deanna Davis. Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children’s Quilt Project. This is an activity that is good for the whole family and there will be activities suitable for all ages. Fabric kits will be provided, bring your sewing machine or just bring yourself. People new to sewing are welcome!
*There will also be a Girl Scout Bake sale!
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN QUILTING, TALKS BY YOUNGMIN LEE & SUJATA SHAH
WHERE: PIEDMONT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WHEN: APRIL 13TH, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 6:30
$10 COLLECTED AT THE DOOR
The East Bay Modern Quilters are so excited to present an evening with quilter and author Sujata Shah and artist Youngmin Lee as they each discuss their work. You can read more about each speaker below. We hope to see you there!
Sujata Shah is a graphic designer, textile lover, quilter and author. She is originally from Mumbai, India and has just recently moved to San Francisco from the East Coast.
Sujata finds inspiration from the textures and imperfections of handmade objects. Her exposure to different cultures has helped develop her distinctive style of quilts, which blends utilitarian and traditional quilts in an exciting way. In 2014, she published her book, Cultural Fusion Quilts: A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions.
Talking about the process of quilting, she says, ”I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. The more I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts.”
She has just returned from a trip to India with Amy Butler where they were exploring the palaces and markets, forts and mud huts, folk artists and museums, meeting ralli quilters, embroidery artists, and block printers to learn from the best in preparation for a textile tour in 2017. She took some amazing photos which you can see on her Facebook page.
Her presentation will include a slide show of her travels in India as well as her journey as a quilter. She will also be showing original quilts from her book and share how she connects the dots between her memories of the past and today’s creative process.
Youngmin Lee is a Korean-born artist who studied fashion and textiles and worked in the fashion industry before moving to the United States in 1996. She now makes work using a traditional Korean technique called Bojagi.
Bojagi wrapping cloths are a unique form of Korean textile art. Lee often uses a Ssamsol technique (similar to a flat fell seam) to make her work. This technique creates a patchworked piece of cloth that is fully reversible and is traditionally used for a variety of things such as gift wrapping, covering food, and clothing storage.
Because she has a background in fashion, she used to think more in terms of Western-style construction techniques, but that changed when she began working with bojagi. She says, “[It] made my direction to go back to my own heritage and culture, which feels more comfortable and natural. Textiles give me freedom to connect my current and past, traditions and culture that I belonged before and now. They also connect my imagination with reality. I cut, arrange, and put textile pieces together to find the way that I move along.”
Youngmin’s pieces are extremely time consuming to create and gorgeous to behold. You can get a peak at her work on her website, but make sure to come to the lecture. These are pieces that must be seen up close and in person to be truly appreciated!
QUILTING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS: DESIGNING AN ORIGINAL QUILT WITH PAMELA ROCCO
WHERE: PIEDMONT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2016, 10AM – 4PM
$65 WAIT LIST (20 STUDENT LIMIT) SOLD OUT
The East Bay Modern Quilters are excited to announce that our 2016 Stitch Modern workshop will be taught by Pamela Rocco. She has been quilting for more than 40 years and received her formative training when she was in Appalachia with the Teacher Corps in 1969 and met women who inspired her to learn how to quilt.
Many people are familiar with Pam through her monthly column, Words to Quilt By, in the Quilters Newsletter magazine. Her improv style is easily recognizable with her use of bright, bold, and ethnic fabrics.
Pam’s quilts have been heavily influence by other cultures and she feels that her best work is often ad libbed – made up on the spur of the moment using whatever is at hand. She sees quilting as a salvage art, incorporating both new and used materials to play with form and color. In her world, almost anything can be incorporated into a quilt once you learn how to see design possibilities everywhere you look.
In this one day workshop, you will explore how to design an original quilt using two techniques, viewfinder and thumbnail sketching. Learning to work more intuitively and improvisationally, you will explore all the elements of quilt design to create your own one of a kind quilt.
The workshop will be held on Sunday, April 17th from 10am until 4pm at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.
We will have a maximum of 20 students, so sign up soon! SOLD OUT
The East Bay Modern Quilters would like to thank Fried & Williams for underwriting this exhibit.