Cloth Constructions

Italiano (Italian)

Sept 4, 2020 – Jan 30, 2021

An exhibit curated by David Hornung at

The International Quilt Museum
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus
33rd and Holdrege streets

“Make it new.”
Ezra Pound

In this digital age, to make art by hand has gained fresh meaning. Now more than ever, art that emphasizes physical presence has a powerful resonance. New art made with old technology is imbued with a sense of continuity that links our own lives to the largeness of history. In a familiar context, personal invention can stand out with striking clarity. This is especially true of art made with textiles.

The binding of cloth with thread is as old as human history, and it has always married utility with design. These tandem concerns make textile artifacts seem deeply human. Methods of piecing, quilting, embroidering, mending and printing fabric have warmed both body and spirt for countless centuries. Our psychological relationship to these materials and techniques is an elemental aspect of human experience. Any artist who works with stitched cloth brings that reference into their art.

But the artists in this exhibition are also informed by contemporary ‘fine art’ practice in a variety of media. Although they work with materials and techniques associated with utilitarian textiles, their art is made for contemplation, not utility. And, while they share an affinity for the history and physicality of cloth, each has a personal approach to how it can be used to make art.

David Hornung, Guest Curator

Source: https://www.internationalquiltmuseum.org/exhibition/cloth-constructions-0
Photos has been taken from the Museum’s website and are covered by copyright

Featured Artists

Shelley Brenner Baird
Elizabeth Brandt
Pat Budge
Dorothy Caldwell
Helen Geglio
Richmond Lewis
Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Christine Mauersberger
Karen Schulz
Gerri Spilka
Margaret Boys Wolf