Quilt of the Month


February 2007

February 2007

Caryatids
Made by Emily Richardson
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dated 2004
64 x 15 Inches (163 x 38 Centimeters)
IQSC 2005.025.0001
Perspectives: Art, Craft, Design, & the Studio Quilt Exhibition

Layering hand painted and hand dyed sheer fabrics into abstract designs allows Emily Richardson, a contemporary studio artist, to explore the visual possibilities of texture, color, and shape. Caryatids, conceived as an artistic expression in five panels, illustrates Richardson's ability to engage the viewer with geometric forms in beautiful tints and hues. Made from hand pieced and appliqued rectangular shapes, each panel encourages the eye to wander over its expanse before moving to the next panel. Grouped together the five panels create a unique visual experience of endless variation.

Caryatids in 6th century Greek architecture were female figures gracefully draped in flowing garments. Carved from marble, they replaced the columns normally used to support architectural elements. Richardson's columns retain the solid form of architecture but incorporate a visual harmony and beauty reminiscent of the original caryatids.