Quilt of the Month

November 2009

November 2009

Made by Jan Myers-Newbury
Made in Pittsburgh, PA
Dated 2006
IQSC 2007.024.0001
Purchase made possible through James Foundation Acquisitions Fund
Perspectives: Art, Craft, Design, & the Studio Quilt Exhibition

Jan Myers-Newbury is an artist known for her geometric, pieced quilts using hand-dyed fabrics. Her quilt "Depth of Field: A Plane View" (part of the International Quilt Study Center collections) was included in the "Twentieth Century's 100 Best American Quilts," organized by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in 1999. More recently her work has included her own hand-dyed shibori fabrics--textiles embellished by shaping and securing before dyeing. This piece, "MOOG," was included in the exhibition "Perspectives: Art, Craft, Design & the Studio Quilt."

Michael James, co-curator of the exhibition, describes "MOOG" this way:
"Jan Myers-Newbury moderates the hard assertiveness of the square and rectangular subdivisions of her surface by using the soft, water-like 'flow' of her tie-dyed fabrics. These fabrics very visibly reveal the intuitive and cumulative process out of which they developed. She works dye color as a watercolorist might, taking advantage of its tendency to disperse through the hills and settle into valleys of her tightly bound fabrics."

Myers-Newbury herself revealed that the origin of the name is from the Moog synthesizer, an electronic keyboard instrument invented by Dr. Robert Moog in the 1960s. She says, "I recall that Moog synthesizers had vertical bands of colored lights (white and red, mostly) that run up and down as the music changed. Maybe I am imagining this.... but that's what I remember."