Ann Rebele: Beyond the Surface at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Aug 17- Sept. 29, 2012.
I had a great time the other night attending the opening of this art quilt show in downtown Columbus, OH. It is so much fun to go to the openings in particular since there are many people, the artist is there and there is food and drink. It’s a little party and always a fun time. Of course we saw people that we know there but, it wasn’t ladies from my local guilds, it was neighbors. We ended up going to an Italian restaurant later with 4 friends and Ann and many showed up there also!
I’ve shown you Ann’s work in previous blogs. We live in the same town but are facebook friends. Our husbands worked together for years but I wasn’t a quilter then.
The triptych above is called Looking Back at Last Year and made especially for the show. It’s large and I fell in love with it! Reminds me of an old Japanese block print but with vivid color.
These large prints that she creates are tiled to fit into the printer but they are put together so invisibly that at first I didn’t notice the seams.
I asked Ann how she creates these multi-layer pieces and this is her response:
The most recent technique that I have been using in my work has been
drawing on silk organza layered over a background image, to create the
transparency. This started when I was doing the series of "Forgotten
But Not Gone" using the tombs in New Orleans, to create that eerie,
ghostly effect. I draw on a "whole cloth" of silk organza with fabric
pens. Then I lay this organza over the background image, which is a
photograph that I digitally manipulate, section, print on cotton
fabric, then sew together to get the large image.
I have also been painting on the silk organza using fabric inks. They
work a lot like watercolor paints.
Annabelle’s Rose Garden
Forgotten but Not Gone-Bella
When you are in front of these quilts, you can just look deep into them for the details on the different layers. They are captivating. I would love to take a class from Ann!
Here are my favorites….I’m partial to Asian design!
Geisha with Iris and Angry Bird
Japanese Lady with Cherry Blossom
There will be a coffee and conversation with Ann at the Cultural Arts Center on Sept. 20 at noon if you happen to be close by.
These events are great ways to increase your knowledge and appreciation for art quilts and I encourage you to look for gallery shows in your area and make it a point to attend!