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Quilt Art: International Expressions
Posted: January 12, 2012

Ford House Hosts Quilt Art: International Expressions Exhibit
Contemporary Quilting Display, Workshops, Trunk Shows run through March 25
These aren’t your grandmother’s quilts. Warm up with a vibrant twist on the traditional quilt at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House's presentation of Quilt Art: International Expressions. The colorful and unique group of quilts will be on display Jan. 28 through March 25. To complement the exhibit, Ford House will highlight local quilt artists and collectors with a variety of related talks, workshops and receptions.
On its first U.S. exhibition tour, Quilt Art features a collection of more than 30 quilts, bringing together 22 contemporary quilt artists from nine countries. Quilt Art extends the boundaries of the quilt medium, further presenting the quilt as an art form.
The rich cultural backgrounds of the artists bring a new approach to the craft of quilting. The diversity reflected in the artistic approach to the quilts in the exhibit is patterned after the artists’ own experiences and training in other artistic fields. Quilts also reflect a variety of themes, including modern social issues, landscapes, modern color and form and unique stitching techniques.
“We can derive so much inspiration and creativity from everything around us, including textiles and artwork,” says Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “Edsel and Eleanor Ford were major proponents of international art in many forms and this is reflected in his automotive design and the estate’s landscape, design and architecture.”
Quilt Art is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is complimentary.
During the run of this show, Ford House also hosted numerous speakers, workshops and other creativity-inspiring events for both adults and children. These events included:
 Saturday, Feb. 4 – Join Desiree Vaughn for a day exploring artwork that warms the imagination. The day begins with an Artful Fabrics and Artful Quilts lecture at 11 a.m. with “how-to” instruction for painting and mark-making on fabric. Later in the day, Vaughn will host an Introduction to Painting on Fabric workshop from 1 – 4 p.m. providing a basic introduction to the paints, tools and materials used to apply transparent paint to fabric. All materials are included. Space is limited for both events.
Cost: $10, $7 for Ford House members for the lecture only. Cost for the painting workshop is $65, $60 for Ford House members.

Monday, Feb. 13Tea & Textile: Quilted Clothing is presented by local textile artist Michelle Mitchell who will lead a discussion on constructing quilted clothing. Guests will view the award-winning collection of Mitchell’s “wearable art,” which has garnered her numerous awards from across the country. The discussion and trunk show will be followed by a delightful offering of tea and savory treats. Cost: $35, $30 for members.

Thursday, March 1 –At Inside a Private Collection, guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception followed by an exploration of Kempf Hogan’s remarkable private collection of folk and contemporary textiles. Visitors will enjoy a look at African-American story quilts and needlepoint rugs of Hogan’s own design. Cost: $25, $20 for members.

Saturday, March 10 – Kids can get crafty in this Quilting for Children workshop hosted by Laura Rodin. Students will get hands-on experience with sewing and leave with a finished product. Cost: $10 per person.

Monday, March 19Making Quilts and Making Art explores local artist Judi Warren Blaydon’s breathtaking paintings, quilts and stitched paper prints. Blaydon will reveal her inspiration for quilt making and explore the recurring themes in her creations. A wine and cheese reception with the artist will follow the trunk show and discussion. Cost: $25, $20 for members.

Thursday, March 22 – Enjoy an evening of Improvisational Art with artist Carole Harris. Her richly colored fabric works have been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries. A professional interior designer and fiber artist, she creates one-of-a-kind improvisational works that provide warmth and texture to enhance any environment. The evening will include a special wine reception. Cost: $25, $20 for members.

 Reservations for all programs can be made in the calendar section of the web site or by calling 313.884.4222.  For a pdf with information on Quilt Art and the related programming, click here.

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