Some of you will know that I published a quilting magazine for the last 20 years. And as the publisher of “Patchwork & Quiltjournal” I organized a quilt show called “Matisse, Monet, Van Gogh & Co” with quilts influenced by painters and sculptors. The quilts were marvellous and the show – with 28 quilts on display – was a big success.
Today and for the next 3 Fridays I will show you the quilts of this exhibition together with the artist’s statement and a link to the inspiring art. So have a look at part 1 of the show:
by Dr. Jutta Orth, Germany
Click here for the inspiring painting by August Macke.
Made with cotton and batik fabric and self-dyed silk. Sewn and appliquéd by machine, handquilted.
Artist’s statement: Since childhood I adore the painters of Expressionism (August Macke, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, …) and the minimalistic forms they use. When I saw the call for this exhibition it was clear that I will be using my favorite fabrics to interpret one of my favorite artists. As I did not find all the colors needed I dyed silk in the right hues. I especially liked the challenge to create the depth in the picture with light and dark fabric.
by Constanze Hofmann, Germany
Click here for the inspiring painting by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch.
Made with cotton fabric. Sewn by machine, hand appliquéd, quilted by machine.
Artist’s statement: My quilt is inspired by the painting “Der heilige Lukas malt die Madonna” (“Saint Lucas painting the Madonna”) by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch. The painting shows a painter’s studio at the times of Lukas Cranach. When I paged through a catalogue of a Lukas-Cranach-exhibition I was instantly drawn to this picture. I especially liked the wonderful wooden floor which became the background of my quilt. The soft red cloak of the painter reflects the textile element. The palette of colors became the palette of fabrics and instead of brushes I depicted the tools of my art.
by Anne Kirchmann, Germany
Click here for the inspiring painting by Paul Klee.
Made with cotton, partly handprinted. Sewn and quilted by machine.
Artist’s statement: When I read about this challenge I immediately thought of the painter Paul Klee of whom I remembered many paintings with geometrical shapes. So I searched for one of his paintings as inspiration and came upon his painting “Rosengarten” (rose garden). As the major part of my fabric was green I did a meadow instead of a garden. Instead of roses I quilted flowers. As an accent I added five orange rectangles depicting flowers as well.
by Petra Schröter, Germany
Click here for the inspiring Stoclet frieze by Gustav Klimt.
Made with cotton and handpainted silk. Sewn by machine, appliquéd and quilted by hand.
Artist’s statement: I knew immediately that I had to make a Klimt-quilt. Several years ago I painted some silk with Klimt-themes and started a quilt that didn’t got finished. For a long time I collected fabrics with gold prints that reminded me of Klimt. So I took my ufo, cut out the silk painting and made it the base of my Klimt-quilt. And as already planned for my first quilt I tried to depict the Stoclet frieze.
by Susann Hoffmeister, Germany
Click here for the inspiring pictures.
Made with cotton, organza, canvas and beads. Sewn and quilted by machine, machine and hand appliquéd, hand beaded.
Artist’s statement: When I read about using old masters as inspiration I immediately thought ‘Picasso’. I am fascinated by his way of using different perspectives and strong color contrasts. As I am especially impressed by his bulls I decided to use three of the eleven lithographies of his bulls with which Pablo Picasso showed the way from the figurative to the abstract. I wanted to show that Picasso’s bulls in their very reduced way lost nothing of the strenght and symbolism that the bull has in art since primeval times.
by Manuela Thäsler-Birr, Germany
Click here for the inspiring poster.
Made with cotton and silk, mirrors, sequins. Sewn by machine, handquilted, trapunto trees.
Artist’s statement: For many years I admired a print of Hundertwasser’s ‘KunstHaus’ in an office vis-à-vis my desk. I sipped countless cups of coffee (a staple food for nurses) looking at this picture, trying to put aside the stress of my work. And I had the impression of being able to look into the house and at the same time to look out of it. I realized how much I needed this painting when the office was emptied and the picture taken off the wall. That was when I decided to make a quilt inspired by this print. When the office was still there I already had made a sketch showing the proportions, for the rest I had to rely on my memory. Because of the many cups of coffee the ‘KunstHaus’ became a ‘KaffeeHaus’ (coffee-house) which will find its place on my walls between all my prints of Hundertwasser’s paintings.
by Gerlinde Reissig, Austria
Click here for the inspiring picture.
Made with cotton. Sewn by machine, hand and machine quilted.
Artist’s statement: For many years now we have a calendar with prints by Ton Schulten on the wall in our dining room as we love the motivs and the colors. I could convince my husband to design the pattern for this quilt depicting Attersee, a beautiful lake in the picturesque Austrian landscape of the ‘Salzkammergut’. Motivs and colors were adapted to the real landscape.
I hope you like this article showing how much inspiration a quilter can get from old masters. Be sure to come back next week for the second part (or subscribe to get each article per e-mail).