st1tch : : : red art exhibit

Duluth, MN-  The Red Herring Lounge is pleased to host the “st1tch : : : red” show, a multi media group exhibition of collaborative textile and fiber art.  The “st1tch : : : red” opening reception is November 12, 2016.  The artist reception will be from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, with music and mixed media beginning at 9:00pm.  Please note that there will be a $5 cover post 9:00pm.


Featured fiber/textile artists displayed in the “st1tch : : : red” show are Frank Palmer, Karen McTavish, Scott Lunt, Alexander Kain and Cheryl Dennison.  Much of the work displayed will explore nontraditional and unconventional fiber/textile art technique and subject matter.  Each piece was created specifically for the exhibit and all of the featured artists will be in attendance and available to discuss the individual pieces during the artist reception from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.


After 9:00pm the evening will explode with the projections of Kathy McTavish in conjunction with musical performances by Reflectivore and Ire Wolves.  In between same, and unique to this exhibit, will be a onetime event for the opening night encompassing a sewing related performance piece by Karen McTavish, Frank Palmer and Scott Lunt, led by Kathy McTavish.  
The evening will revolve around tension, stitches and machine and the interconnectedness of these elements with music.  


The “st1tch : : : red” exhibit will run for one month.  The opening reception is Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm.  If you would like more information about the exhibit, check out our website at www.st1tch.ioor contact Eris Vafias, st1tch : : : red, Administrative Assistant at eris.plethora@yahoo.com.


For more information, regarding each of the featured artists, please see links below:
Karen McTavish: www.mctavishquilting.com
Kathy McTavish: www.mctavish.io
Frank Palmer: https://www.facebook.com/FullFrontalQuiltandDye
Scott Lunt: https://www.instagram.com/starfireduluth/
Alexander Kain: https://www.instagram.com/boycraft/
Cheryl Dennison: https://www.instagram.com/dennisonduluth/
Reflectivore: https://vimeo.com/album/4166269
Ire Wolves: http://irewolves.bandcamp.com/releases
 

Tiffany's Quilts are home!
 Tiffany in her Tan and Black shirt with her daughter - this fabric is used often in her quilts for her family.

Tiffany in her Tan and Black shirt with her daughter - this fabric is used often in her quilts for her family.

We finished the quilts for Allen Cragin's Family and would like to post some of the details from the last 2 quilts. The girls requested a high loft poofy quilt and we used two battings for a heavier feel. The SewBatik backing was hand selected by Tiffany's daughter. We included drawings that the girls drew directly on the fabric blocks. I am thrilled the girls can wrap up at night in their mom's clothes. I am extremely honored to have worked on this project. 

 drawings from the girls - now quilted into the quilt   

drawings from the girls - now quilted into the quilt

 

 drawings by the girls quilted into the quilt.

drawings by the girls quilted into the quilt.

 This is 1 of 3 quilts - a lap quilt with a mink backing. 

This is 1 of 3 quilts - a lap quilt with a mink backing. 

 Detail of the 2nd quilt out of 3 

Detail of the 2nd quilt out of 3 

 Allen held down the foot pedal with his hand

Allen held down the foot pedal with his hand

Tiffany's Quilts

Tiffany Cragin passed away in August 2nd, 2014. 

For some time now, Cheryl Dennison and I have been working on a memorial quilt in the studio.  Actually, 2 large quilts and a small lap size quilt. The memorial quilts are for her two young daughters and husband Allen Cragin and family. We started with Tiffany's clothing. The same clothing she is wearing in the photos below before she passed away from Chordoma, Chordoma is a form of cancer that occurs in the bones of the spine and head. To learn more about finding a cure please see - www.chordomafoundation.org 

 Allen and Tiffany Cragin and family.

Allen and Tiffany Cragin and family.

Cheryl and I slowly and carefully - disassembled Tiffany's clothing, and started our work. We used as much of her clothing as we could - knowing her daughters would remember her clothes for years to come.

 The first block from Tiffany's clothing.

The first block from Tiffany's clothing.

Tiffany loved stripes and we were able to come up with a modern look to the block settings. You can see here the blue striped dress she wore in the photo below is sprinkled throughout the quilt.

 Tiffany in her summer dress

Tiffany in her summer dress

We used interfacing and started the ironing process and then started to piece her quilt together using our design wall.

We found a photo together on the internet that gave us the inspiration (shown on the design wall) and we trusted our guts we could come close to what Allen wanted in the photo.

 Strip piecing progress but not quite where we wanted to go.

Strip piecing progress but not quite where we wanted to go.

The process was slow and Cheryl did a great job putting together the idea and worked piecing the quilt top for about 2 months until we had a nice big queen sized quilt. . With a few breaks here and there - Cheryl finished the quilt top and gave it to me for quilting.  I started the quilting process which took over 8 days to quilt and bind.

Here are some of the in- process photos of Tiffany's first quilt out of three quilts for her family.

Memorial quilts are very hard. It goes without saying. It was painful for our quilting community as so many people were touched by Tiffany's life. Everyone who walked into the studio understood what we were working on. People stopped by to see the progress. The girls stopped by to see the progress. These little angels get to have something close to their skin which touched their mothers skin and it was exciting to see them happy about the quilts.

Not often, but more often than not - Cancer and loss touch our lives. In the quilting world, most of the quilters have had to fight cancer more than we care to admit. We are all touched by it in many ways. I had a moment with Tiffany  while quilting this quilt.  It only happened once while I was working on Tiffany's quilt. Just once.

Many times, its just  impossible to ignore - when I am working on a quilt for a  woman who passed away - she hangs out with me.  Tiffany hung out with me for about an hour. I felt her presence  into my second day of quilting her daughter's quilt. She told me it was great and she loved it. I am not a hippy, new age, church going person. But this thing happens - more than I will let on. When women pass away, they hang out with me until the quilt is finished. Tiffany only hung out for about an hour then had other things to do. She loved to travel - so I didn't expect her to stay long.  She was supportive, laughed at my insecurities and I swear she said "this is so great" then bailed.

I felt the confidence I needed after her brief visit to be fearless and this quilt gave me what I needed - the promise of joy when there is loss.  Thank you Allen for giving us creative freedom and trusting us to create these heirlooms for your family. 

 

Will blog again on quilt number 2 & 3.


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We are busy in the studio. We are cold. We are frozen but we keep making beautiful quilts and thank god ....Because it has been pretty cold in Northern Minnesota this month! 

Upcoming events that we are gearing up for is a fundraiser quilt for Wildwood Rehab to commemorate National Quilting Day in March. This quilt will be a part of a silent auction in May 2016 that Wildwoods is hosting. Here is the progress so far!! 

Stay tuned for our big announcement about a party day for National Quilting Day!

 


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