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Ten Thousand French Knots, 2010 (detail)
by Jeana Eve Klein
Cotton, 10,000 hand-stitched French Knots
Photo credit: Jenna Eve Klein

In Memory of Susan O’Malley (1976-2015)

March 7, 2015 – July 5, 2015
A Common Thread
Guest Curated by Susan O’Malley

A Common Thread brings together the artwork of seventeen contemporary artists from across the United States who examine and sometimes subvert the centuries-old tradition of needlework. Representing a sampling of a larger wave of stitching fanatics, the artists in A Common Thread find inspiration in the medium’s history, materials, technique, and process to create works that are surprising, provocative, and at times, deeply personal. The exhibit runs from March 7 – July 5, 2015, with an opening reception March 15, 2-4pm.

The show includes work from artists Emily Barletta (New York), Gwenn Beope (California), Chandra Cerrito (California), Joe Cunningham (California), Lauren DiCioccio (California), Josh Greene (California), Aubrey Longley-Cook (Georgia), Joetta Maue (Massachusetts), Stacey Page (Florida), Maggy Rozycki Hiltner (Montana), Jeana Eva Klein (North Carolina), Rebecca Ringquist (New York), LJ Roberts (California), Hadar Sobol (Texas), Jessica Tang (California), Claudia Tennyson (California), and Amanda Valdez (Brooklyn).

In Memory of Susan O’Malley (1976-2015)

Susan was an inspiration in every way possible. An inspiration to live. An inspiration to love. An inspiration to share. An inspiration to dream. An inspiration to give. She was the most beautiful person imaginable, and possessed an inescapably infectious energy, spirit, and positive outlook. There was no bright, optimistic, loving force as great as she. Looking for moments between herself and individuals in her life, she made work that connected people and offered glimpses into the possibility of understanding one another better. With this at the heart of her work and at the core of how she lived, she was an advocate and a daily reminder of the great power of connectedness and the power of love.

- Romer Young Gallery

Margaret Fabrizio
Stripes, 2014
41 x 54”
Various materials

March 7, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio

Inspired by a 2011 exhibition of kawandi at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Fabrizio was compelled to learn more about the Siddi women of Karnataka, India, who had created the dazzlingly colorful quilts (kawandi). In 2012, the artist spent two weeks in India, learning from the Siddi women their kawandi style of hand sewing quilts. After returning to her home to San Francisco, Fabrizio created twenty kawandi style quilts from scraps and recycled clothing she collected in India. She then returned to Karnataka, taking some of her work to show the women at their monthly meeting. They were impressed and delighted. Many of the kawandi on display were created especially for this exhibition.

Cushion Cover, c. 1975
Hafar Al Batin Tribe
Sheeps wool, black goat hair, white cotton
Warp-faced plain weave with warp substitution
Robert and Joy Totah Hilden Collection

March 7, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Bedouin Textiles from the Collection of Robert and Joy Totah Hilden

Bedouin Textiles from the Collection of Robert and Joy Totah Hilden looks at the rich woven history of the Arab nomads who have inhabited the Arabian Peninsula and elsewhere for millennia. The Bedouin were tribally organized, tent dwelling, and herders of sheep, camels, and goats. Their life style required textiles such as tents and tent dividers, rugs, cushions, storage bags, and camel related textiles like saddlebags and camel ornaments. The exhibit includes hand woven textiles as well as photographs of the Bedouin and their lifestyle.

Mary White, Wisdom Wall 1992-2012 (series)
Reverse glass painting
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

May 2 – July 5, 2015
Textile Conversations in Glass

Artistic cross-currents are evident everywhere. How does glass, a hard material known for its clarity and shine, relate to soft, malleable textiles? Whether it is through design, texture, process or more, the commonalities become obvious in Textile Conversations in Glass.

The show includes work from six California artists working in glass: Elin Christopherson, Susan Longini, Michelle Murillo, Demetra Theofanous, Pamina Traylor, and Mary White, along with six textiles from the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles collection.

This exhibition is concurrent with the Glass Art Society’s international conference - Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology, in downtown San Jose June 5-7.


These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

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