French quilt artist Sheila Frampton Cooper will give a First Friday lecture at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at Quilt House, 1523 N. 33rd St., on Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
In “The Twisted Path of My Creative Journey,” Cooper will offer insight into her work, which is currently on display in “Expressions from a Place of Trust: Quilts by Sheila Frampton Cooper” in the museum’s Pumphrey Family Gallery.
After channeling her artistic muse to painting, jewelry making and architectural photography for many years, Cooper plunged into abstract quiltmaking in 2010. Guided by no plan, no sketch and no agenda, but fed by intuition and inspired by nature’s palette, she speeds into journeys of revelation and surprise in her quilt studio. Her fully alive intensity is apparent in the colors, lines and shapes of her improvisational textile works.
“Whether I'm painting, drawing or piecing a studio quilt, moving head first into the unknown fuels my creativity,” Cooper said of her work. “I relish all the surprising discoveries along the way as the journey starts to reveal itself to me.”
This free public lecture is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Excellence Fund. The Dillows, both graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, made their home in Fremont, Nebraska. In 2008, the Dillow family donated the quilt and fabric collection that includes nearly 250 quilts and 175 printed cotton fragments to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum as a legacy in honor of their parents.
In addition to the lecture, visitors are invited to tour the museum’s galleries free of charge from 4:30-7 p.m. as part of the First Friday Artwalk. Refreshments will be served in the Reception Hall.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays 1-4 p.m. April through October. UNL students, faculty members and staff receive free admission to the galleries. Go online to http://www.quiltstudy.org to plan your visit.
About the Image:
"Maui" is one of several Sheila Frampton Cooper pieces now showing at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Cooper will give a lecture at Quilt House on Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m.