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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

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).

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.

Flag, 1960-1990
Origin unknown
Cotton, blends
Machine and hand pieced

July 11, 2015 – November 1, 2015
Guest Curated by Roderick Kiracofe

Found includes vintage quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection as well as pieces from Julie Silber, Eli Leon, and Marjorie Childress’ Collections. Made includes contemporary quilts often constructed with found materials as well as contemporary art based on quilt themes. Artists include Ben Venom, Luke Haynes, Joe Cunningham, Clay Lohmann, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Sarah Nishiura, Dana Hart Stone, among others.


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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