I recently went to see an art quilt exhibit at a local art center. SAQA’s “Transformations 09: Reflections” exhibit features 34 quilts by some genuine masters of the craft. I’ve not done anything like an art quilt but cannot rule it out for a future project; the textures and use of color are incredibly fascinating.
Here are a few of my favorites. The lighting was just horrible, forgive me please; if it looks awful it's the photographer, NOT the quilter!
Shelly Brucar, “Stormy”
up close - Zow-WEE!
My first thought, when I got a closeup look at Marti Plager's "Notes from Giverny" was, "Hey, I could do that!"
And finally, my favorite use of gravel, beads and newsprint in a quilt, courtesy of Brooke Atherton ("One Wonders"):
Now look closer:
If you’re in southern New England it’d be worth a detour to see these pieces. See the Guilford Art Center’s website for hours and such.