Power Suits: An Art Quilt Challenge
09/07/2012 - 10/27/2012
When a local tailor contacted Cyndi Souder to offer her his outdated fabric swatches, a quilt challenge was born. Teaming with friend and associate Judy Gula (owner, Artistic Artifacts), Souder developed a theme, packaged swatches, and offered them for free to interested quilters. Distributing challenge packets at quilt shows, lectures, and online through their blogs and websites, Souder and Gula invited quilters to express their take on Power Suits through their artwork. The resulting quilts address such diverse topics as politics, family, work life, playing cards, and super heroes.
Challenges are common throughout the quilting world. They generally start with a theme or a set of materials and then quilters are invited to participate. Often there is a deadline and the challenge quilts are shown together at a group meeting or a quilt show. Challenge participants were given packets of fabric swatches, a few simple rules, and this as inspiration:
What does “Power Suit” mean to you? Does it conjure images of smoke-filled rooms where important deals are made? Is a Power Suit a garment or a person? Do you plug in a Power Suit? What if a Power Suit gave you Super Powers? Using Power Suit as your inspiration, create an art quilt that expresses your point of view. The list of participating quilt artists in the Power Suits Art Quilt Challenge ranges from nationally known names to quilters just starting out, resulting in a variety of techniques and perspectives.
The original exhibit in Alexandria, Virginia included 107 art quilts made by 105 quilt artists from the United States and Canada. For this exhibit at School 33 Art Center, 7 local artists have been challenged to make quilts and add their voices to this exciting exhibit.
Opening Reception: September 7, 2012, 6:00pm - 9:00pm