Velda Newman: Panorama

Velda Newman: Panorama

Velda Newman: Panorama

Velda Newman’s quilts are panoramic yet intimate. They are monumental microcosms assembled from the materials of fiber arts. Natural forms—flowers and fruit, fish and seashells, birds and butterflies—are depicted through the surface qualities of cotton and silk. Ranging from matte to satin, these fabrics suggest the textural variety of the natural world. Bits of wool describe the seams that are butterflies’ bodies—those physical centers of thorax and proboscis and abdomen and antennae. Essential as these parts may be, they are neither colorful nor cloth-like.

Color is central to all of Newman’s tissue. She edges wings and petals and the chambers of nautiluses in dye and ink and paint. Embroidery—French knots, and quilted dots and dashes of varying densities—amplifies the shadows and shading in the folds of leaves and wings. Newman wields primary and near-fluorescent color, and she demonstrates that “black and white” is really blue and violet, brown and gold. It is also the basic positive/negative language of pattern, and Newman’s spots and stripes embellish views of nature that are both close-up and far out.

Works in the Exhibition

Works in the Exhibition
Works in the Exhibition

Also Showing

Also Showing
Also Showing

Molly Anderson: Intricate Embellishment
March 21-July 29, 2018

Molly Anderson’s ornate surfaces are dense with color, texture, and materials. Anderson transforms commercially printed fabrics using historical British and American patchwork techniques: broderie perse appliqué, in which smaller pieces carefully cut from printed fabric are sewn onto a larger ground; and English paper piecing, which entails wrapping fabric around a stable paper foundation and then whip-stitching (often identical) shapes together.

Made over the last twenty years, the wall quilts and framed textiles shown here are embellished with hand-embroidery, beads, and found objects to create an invented universe of landscapes, still-lifes, and fantastical creatures.


Sustaining Tradition in Western India: Quilts Made for the Market
April 17-August 26, 2018

The long-standing quiltmaking tradition of Rajasthan and Gujarat endures today, but craftspeople, manufacturers, and business people now work to design, produce, and market quilts and related textiles to tourists. New quilt formats retain some of the region’s traditional aesthetic, but there are key differences in the way these textiles look, and in how they are made, bought, and sold. We present new styles developed specifically to appeal to tourists, as well as quilts that reflect established traditions.

Event Date
Monday, April 2, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018