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Regina Durante Jestrow

Italiano (Italian)

*Featured photo:Vulnerability & Resilience, 2023, Ink, watercolor, and acrylic on burnt muslin, second-hand shirting material, muslin, batting, thread 34 x 31.5 in, copyright Regina Durante Jestrow

Regina Durante Jestrow (1978) is a textile artist born in Queens, NY, and based in Miami, FL. She learned how to sew from her mother at a young age and has utilized these skills throughout her practice. After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for photography and moving to Miami, Jestrow turned to quilting to cope with homesickness, as the sewing machine was always in the center of her home. Jestrow’s ongoing interests in women’s rights and history, patterns and stories from American quilt-making traditions, and textile arts have led her to develop a body of work that includes painting, drawings, sculptural installations, textile wall hangings, and functional objects.

Untitled 7, 2023, Sepia Ink on burnt muslin, assorted fabrics, natural muslin, batting, thread 32 x 53 x 0.5 in, copyright Regina Durante Jestrow

Jestrow’s artworks, with their obvious geometric connotations, are born from the constant revisiting of American history and the recontextualization of its textile traditions. Indeed, traditional quilting patterns are manipulated and deconstructed to create movement and transformation through improvisation, repetition of patterns, and changes in scale. Aiming to represent the natural environment of South Florida, the people, culture and landscape of Miami, Jestrow uses colors that portray the skin tones of the people, combined with dyes made from locally sourced plants and rust. Finally, the use of materials such as neoprene, sequins, and faux leather helps reinforce references to Miami’s pop culture.

Pieced Landscape 23, 2022, hand dyed and burnt cotton, new and second-handd fabrics, muslin, batting, thread 44 x 72 x 1.5 in, copyright Regina Durante Jestrow

Along with my constant interest in American Folk-Art Quilts, geometric-abstract artists from the mid to late twentieth century are my influencers, including Gees Bend quilters, Elizabeth Murray, Helen Frankenthaler, Annie Albers, and Gego. These artistic voices have driven me to create quilts of scale with strong personal symbolism and narrative”.

Pieced Landscape 28 , 2022, hand dyed cotton with annatto, rust and tea, second-hand suiting and denim, reclaimed window screening, muslin, batting, thread on wooden stretchers 38 x 48 x 1.5 in, copyright Regina Durante Jestrow

Selected solo projects include “Free-Form Connections” at Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (2023), “Pieces of the Landscape” at Mt. Sinai Skolnick Tower Surgical Center, organized by Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2023), “Reinterpretation of Tradition” at Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL (2022), and “Forms of The Everglades” at Miami-Dade College Homestead Library, Homestead, FL (2016). Selected group exhibitions include “Hand Over Hand: Textiles Today” at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (2023), “A-Piece-A-Part” at ArtSpace NC, Raleigh, NC (2023), and “In the Company of Women: At Large” at LnS Gallery, Miami, FL (2022). Jestrow has been awarded artist residencies at The Jentel Foundation (2022), National Park Service Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE) (2014), and The Studios of Key West (2012). Awarded grants include the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC, 2023), Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Grant (2023) and Stipend (2022), The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts (2021),  and the Artist Access Grant, Miami-Dade County and FUNdarte (2021, 2022, 2023).


Maria Rosaria Roseo

English version Dopo una laurea in giurisprudenza e un’esperienza come coautrice di testi giuridici, ho scelto di dedicarmi all’attività di famiglia, che mi ha permesso di conciliare gli impegni lavorativi con quelli familiari di mamma. Nel 2013, per caso, ho conosciuto il quilting frequentando un corso. La passione per l’arte, soprattutto l’arte contemporanea, mi ha avvicinato sempre di più al settore dell’arte tessile che negli anni è diventata una vera e propria passione. Oggi dedico con entusiasmo parte del mio tempo al progetto di Emanuela D’Amico: ArteMorbida, grazie al quale, posso unire il piacere della scrittura al desiderio di contribuire, insieme a preziose collaborazioni, alla diffusione della conoscenza delle arti tessili e di raccontarne passato e presente attraverso gli occhi di alcuni dei più noti artisti tessili del panorama italiano e internazionale.