alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum

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alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum


A few weeks ago, I ventured out of Brooklyn to visit the alt_quilts exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, and I was totally blown away by what I saw.

alt_quilts features the work of three contemporary artists with very different styles (Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins) alongside antique quilts from the American Folk Art Museum’s own collection. This approach turned out to be a truly wonderful way to illustrate the depth, breadth, and diversity that exists within the quilting community today, and the presence of the antique quilts really put the modern works of art—which included quilts made out of upcycled clothing, 16mm film, and paper—in a rich historical context. I’m so glad that the American Folk Art Museum designed the exhibition this way—it made each piece feel incredibly accessible.

I included some of my favorite quilts from the exhibit in the slideshow above. If you’d like to see even more photos from my alt_quilts adventure, you can find them on my blog, The Zen of Making.

If you’re in the NYC area, and you’d like to see alt_quilts for yourself, the exhibition will be on display until January 5th, 2014. For more information, check out the alt_quilts page on the American Folk Art Museum’s site.

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Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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