Wednesday, February 9, 2011

LAFTA Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Jewish Community Center

This year's LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists) Exhibition at the Jewish Community Center in Louisville is full of a variety of techniques and fibers. There are art quilts, baskets, felt vessels, hats and scarves, mixed media projects, and more. This is just a small sample of what you might see...

Remember, you can click in the picture to get a close up shot. I even think that if you click in the picture again, you get even a larger shot. For many of these pieces, it is well worth the effort.

"Earth's Overflow" is one of two pieces Marti Plager has in this exhibit. This piece measures 32" X 54". It is machine pieced and quilted and is made of hand-dyed cotton, discharged, and screen printed material. It certainly looks like lava to me.
"Blue Vessel" was made by Trish Korte. It measures 7 1/2" X 10" and is a wet felted vessel with beads. Don't you just LOVE the colors.
This art quilt is called "Crazed 4: Painted Desert" and was made by Kathy Loomis. It measures 27" X 39". It is machine pieced and machine quilted. Now, these are my colors. It would go nicely in my living room when I get my "butta" yellow couch moved in.
"Body of Evidence" (collaged and painted paper) was made by Kevin Rose Schultz. It measures 18" X 24". I think the detail achieved in this piece is amazing.
Susan Miracle made "In the Closet" which measures 30" X 60". It is made by hand ruching and applique. This piece is extremely unusual--you really need to see it in person to get a "feel" for how it was made.
"Roots" by Pat DaRif measures 27 1/4" X 33 1/2". It is made of hand-dyed and hand-painted cotton and is machine quilted. Doesn't this look just like a slice of the earth?
"Native Plants in the Wilderness" (bamboo fabric, hand dyed, screened, appliqued and embroidered using hand-dyed linen) was made by Joanne Weis and measures 25" X 52". It looks like the light just eminates from this piece.
"Eye of the Beholder" uses rust dye, soy wax, fabric paint, hand painting and hand beading. This piece was made by Mary Lamb Nehring and measures 34" X 46". These are some of the techniques I'm working on now. I'm just hoping I can use them half as effectively as Mary.
This hat (knit and fulled) and scarf (woven) were made by Susan Grant and Cecy Thompson. The hat is 8" in diameter, and the scarf is 72" long. You wouldn't believe how soft these are.
I really enjoyed this show and know you will too. Pictures cannot do these pieces justice. There is lots more to see, so come on out to see these pieces and more; you will love them.


Karoda said...

Kevin's Body of Evidence was the "ahhh, ummm, love it" moment for for me. I hope to return next week when its warmer to really sit and take the show in.

Barbara Triscari said...

Again, thanks for the fabulous pictures! I can't be there and yet I get to experience a little. Beautiful