Quilt of the Month


December 2010

December 2010

Number 47
Made by Pamela Studstill
Made in Pipe Creek, TX
dated 1985
60.5" x 85"
IQSC 1997.007.1061
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Perspectives: Art, Craft, Design, & the Studio Quilt Exhibition

Pamela Studstill combines traditional piecing techniques with unique hand-painted fabrics to create abstract landscapes reminiscent of Impressionist paintings. Her quilt, titled Number 47, evokes a distant horizon through use of subtle gradations of color. Studstill wrote, in her artist statement for the 1983 Quilt National competition, "I like to play with color gradations, using hand-dyed and commercial fabrics. The surface paint not only creates a random pattern but also helps ease the transition from color to color. I am inspired by landscape views and vistas, fields of anything, all the quilts I've ever seen, and looking at my boxes of colored material." Studstill's remarkable body of work, of which six pivotal pieces are in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, establishes her as a member of a group of ground-breaking artists who broke the traditional bounds of quiltmaking and launched it into today's art world.