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Fiber Talks!

Join us for the following programs!

Sunday, June 8, 2014
1pm – 3pm
Fiber Talks: Inside Quilt National

Join us as we welcome artist Judith Content, one of three Quilt National 2013 jurors, who will provide insights and observations about the jurying process. Four Quilt National artists will present a slide show of their recent work and talk about their creative habits, use of social media, and the "business" of making art.

Joan Schulze
Sylvia Gegaregian
Leslie Bixel
Miriam Nathan-Roberts

Judith Content, one of three jurors for Quilt National 2013, is a fiber artist in Palo Alto, California, who utilizes a contemporary interpretation of the Japanese dye technique, Arashi Shibori. Her hand-dyed, quilted, and pieced silk wall pieces often depict elaborate landscapes that are inspired by the mystery and majesty of the Pacific coastline.

Beginning with her first quilt in 1974, artist Joan Schulze altered purchased fabrics—dyeing (60s and 70s), painting and Xerox transfer (80s), photography and photocopy (70s), digital technology (90s) including an ongoing fascination with direct and glue transfer processes (80s to present). While her interest in technology continues, Schulze's main theme is poetry: the poetry of strange and often surreal juxtapositions, elegant colors, eccentric surfaces and most of all, the element of surprise in theme and execution.

Artist Sylvia Gegaregian is a quilt artist in Portola Valley, California who enjoys designing contemporary floral appliqué quilts as well as an occasional abstract, landscape or pieced quilt. Her design process begins with a sketch exploring line, shape, and color that evokes movement and rhythm and creates harmony and balance. Sylvia enjoys stepping out of her comfort zone and trying new techniques, whether mixed media, hand dyed, painted or off the bolt, it all revolves around the love of fabric and color.

Leslie Bixel is an abstract artist who works with fabric, dye, paint, scissors, blades and stitch to create textile constructions. Trained as a painter, her design process begins with the hand application of color to cloth, and ends with the last stitch of a facing or binding. Her favorite tool is a rotary cutter, which allows her to add motion and gesture to a composition.

Miriam Nathan-Roberts was one of the early members of the art quilt movement in the 1970s. Miriam’s groundbreaking quilt “Lattice Interweave”(1983) began a series noted for stunning optical illusions and arresting use of color and won Viewer’s Choice Award at Quilt National ’85. Her piece “Spin Cycle” was chosen Best of Show at Quilt National ’99 and she served as one of three jurors for Quilt National ’05. Miriam’s recent quilts utilize digitally-manipulated and digitally-printed images.

Moderator Nancy Bavor is Curator of Collections at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Her Masters thesis for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in the History of Textiles/Quilt Studies explores the origins and development of the art quilt in California. She also serves on the Boards of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Quilt Alliance.

This program will be followed by light refreshments.

$20 Members/$40 Non-members/$25 Seniors and Students
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
2pm – 4pm
Fiber Talks: Ack! There’s a Computer in My Studio!

Come along on a virtual tour of the Pixeladies’ studio computer (yep, the computer, not the studio) as they explain how they use the computer in their creative process. They will show you how the intersection of fiber and technology influences their artistic output. Deb and Kris will discuss some of the ITAB 3 artwork that will be on display in the gallery.

The Pixeladies are Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki. They have been collaborating since 2003 but have been friends for over thirty years. One of the hallmarks of their work is weaving stories into their art quilts, often using fabric they’ve designed on the computer. Their work has been exhibited internationally (including ITAB 2) and is held in private and public collections. People often wonder how they picked their name. A pixel is the smallest element on a computer screen, and a lady is a woman of refinement and genteel manners. The word “pixilated” (with an “i”) means eccentric, whimsical, or tipsy. They liked the irony.

$20 Members/$40 Non-members/$25 Seniors and Students
No Refunds, No Exchanges


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.