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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: Stitching and Embroidery
Guest Curated by Susan O’Malley

A Common Thread: Stitching and Embroidery examines the metamorphosis of what was once considered a mere “decorative art” by contemporary artists who use stitching and embroidery as their primary means of expression and mark making to create provocative and compelling fiber art. From the intimate to the grand, simple elements of thread and cloth are transformed by stitches into beautiful and personal artworks. The exhibit includes a few pieces each from fifteen contemporary artists who are exploring the medium in vastly different ways. Some highlights of the exhibit are the small scale abstracted works by Jeana Eve Klein composed of 5000 – 10000 tiny French knots. Meticulously worked by hand in a laborious and obsessive process that requires hundreds of hours, theeese works reflect the artist’s labor, blood, sweat, and tears and question if the process is more valuable than the product. At the opposite spectrum larger scale works by quilter Joe Cunningham show off his use of his new long arm quilting machine. On a white whole cloth quilt, a beautifully rendered stitched line drawing captures the nuances and details of a brick house hidden behind trees. Whether by hand or machine the stitched line is the connective presence of the works in A Common Thread. Ultimately stitching in every form is reinvigorating a new artistic movement.

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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