I got my Quilt National catalog a couple of weeks ago and I've been studying, pondering and enjoying it. I am a member of a small art quilt group and we are planning to discuss the show at our meeting tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to that.
As I was looking through the collection, I thought it might be fun to pull together some random thoughts in the form of statistics. This is what I came up with. These are just categories that popped into my mind because they focus on techniques or materials or concepts that I use in my own work. Nothing is hard and fast here. I'm not making any claims of accuracy. Just my thoughts from flipping through the book.
Total quilts: 85
Countries represented: USA, UK, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Canada
Artists I know personally: Naomi Adams, Benedicte Caneill and Katie PM,
Artists I kinda or should know personally: Mary Beth Frezon (we almost connected at the Sacred Threads opening), Judy Kirpich (she lives very nearby), Barbara Lange (she's a member of the same small art quilt group I was a member of in Dallas, but she moved to Germany before I moved to Dallas), Dominie Nash (also lives very close)
Quilts that include digital imagery: 12
Quilts that include images of people: 13
Quilts made with old fabrics: 4
Longest side: 108" (54x108)
Shortest side: 13" (13x48)
Seemingly smallest pieces: 18x18" and 27x27"
Other unusual materials: clothing, mesh fruit bags, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, maxi-pad wrappers, bed sheets, card board, wool blankets, handkerchief, dish towel, copper wire, copper mesh
Primarily pieced (no surface design or other techniques): 15
Whole cloth: 11 (I'm guessing... or going with quilts that probably could have been whole cloth)
Irregular edges: 17
Main focus is dyed fabrics: 7 (the fabric almost stands on it's own)
Quilts with words on them: 8
Insane amount of hand stitching: 11
I could go on and on coming up with crazy categories, but I'll leave it there for now. Was that as interesting to you as it was to me? (I won't be offended or surprised if you say no.)
Vivien blogged her thoughts about the book here. Linda Teddlie Minton's thoughts here.