"Quilts: Function Meets Art" by Margaret Spevak
Statement from Margaret Spevak:
Quilts: Function Meets Art
Being human, we seek outlets for our creative side. Clay pots with patterns etched on the side, the history of empires preserved in verse. Being human means given enough time, function meets art.
So it is with quilts. Scraps of cloth, fabric leftovers, initially thrown together to create a warm and secure tool that was key to survival in a harsh environment.
I’ve sewn throughout my life, taught home economics and have been quilting now since the early 90’s. Working out of my Hungerford studio, Quilting with Margaret, I’ve taught classes and hosted retreats for hundreds of people with the urge to create. At the studio I sell fabrics that will launch their muse.
Quilters draw inspiration from what’s at hand, and from each other. I’ve been inspired by museum exhibits such as one I saw at New York City’s Whitney Museum, in which the amazing women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, would look at a pile of worn-out blue jeans, ready to be discarded, and turn them into a quilt.
Quiltmaking is a traditional craft. And I’ve always worked from a pattern. But my quilts never look like the photo that often accompanies that pattern. I like bright colors and finding textures that work together. I lean toward modern quilting, which is based on traditional patterns that are often asymmetrical, with a lot of negative space allowing for more quilting stitches. Lately, my interest has been transitioning from the piecing of those colors and textures to that final step of quiltmaking, the stitches. One quilt in this exhibit, “Ghost Blocks,” is an example of that: Instead of four even rows of the same boxes, I moved some of the boxes into the background while quilting them as if they were still boxes. Ghost boxes, shadowing the other boxes.
Thank you for allowing me to share my passion for this tradition with you. You can visit my studio #307 & 309 at the Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St. I have a web site, quiltingwithmargaret.com. And you can contact me at [email protected]
Sept. 2-28 in The Little Cafe
Opening receptionL 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9