Upon arrival at the museum, I made a bee-line to the Yvonne Porcella Gallery to scope out the Jazz Impressions exhibit. There I was delighted to find an explosion of color, pattern and texture from the 45 pieces of fiber art on display, including quilts, garments and tuffets!
I especially enjoyed reading the artists summaries and learning how Jazz inspired their artwork. Some artists chose to celebrate jazz by including musical instruments, music notes, sheet music and/or iconic jazz musicians into their abstracted quilted designs. Other works of fiber art incorporated improvisation into their piecing and overall design. Some art connected jazz music to nature with their beautiful landscape quilts. There was quite the range of techniques and styles represented, which made it such a interesting exhibit.
I was honored to have two of my own designs on display...
|Orange You Glad I Got the Blues?, Not for Sale|
|Rhythm and Blues, Not for Sale|
Special thanks to the amazing team of volunteers that made this exciting new exhibit possible. Countless hours were invested into this endeavor and the rave opening reviews are a testament to all their hard work and coordination!! And many thanks to the SJMQT staff for making the FiberSpace available to feature local fiber artists.
The Jazz Impressions exhibit will be on display through August 21st. Might I suggest checking it out during the August 12th-14th San Jose Jazz Summer Fest!?! And be sure to check out Mike McNamara's amazing wedding ring quilts and the beautiful display of historical, cultural and contemporary wedding attire. Together, the three fiber art exhibitions complement one another beautifully!
Update: Sit and Sew Radio featured the Jazz Impressions exhibition in their latest podcast episode: http://sitandsewradio.com/episodes/episode-7-malka-dubrawsky-jazz-impressions-at-the-san-jose-museum-of-quilts-and-textiles/ The interview starts at minute 32 and even mentions yours truly, along with my "Orange You Glad I Got the Blues?" quilt!!