Yesterday was GVQC’s meeting and our guest speaker was Nancy Halpern. She is very well known for her architectural inspired quilts and her lecture was very interesting. She has a great sense of humor too.
The meeting room was very dark so none of my pictures taken when her quilts were held up from the stage came out, but I was able to take some close-ups when they were laid out on tables. The perspective is wonky, but the quilts were wonderful.
I took pictures of quilts that would not automatically be identified as architectural quilts though, and this tree quilt was the first one:
This next one has a water maze that creates a path to the center chair block:
Nancy loves visiting Venice, and the water maze reminds her of the canals.
I came away from the meeting with a deep respect for Nancy. Not only is she a pioneer in architectural interpretations in her work, but everything she uses in her quilts has a personal connection – from her chickens, to a human figure being thrown out of a glass-making studio, to a piece of fabric, front and center in a piece, given to her by a dear friend who passed away. She puts a tremendous amount of thought and technical experise into each of her pieces. She is an amazingly talented fiber artist.