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When Is a Quilt Not a Quilt?

The Paradox of Appropriation

Jane Dunnewold

September 1 –  November 19, 2017  |  Loft Gallery

Exhibition Statement

A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.

– Ecclesiastes

These works further my interest in re-purposing vintage quilt blocks. I like the idea of using old pieced blocks that some other woman made, but never finished as a quilt. It’s an opportunity to complete an untold story, while tracing the literal thread back through generations of unsung women makers.

The process of making is my meditation. Over several decades of working I’ve assembled an active visual language, which I continue to expand. The geometry of the quilt blocks is an inherent part of my language, as is the use of circular images, gold leaf, and plaster/spackling. A completed piece is a prayer of thanks offered to the Universe.


Artist Statement

I teach and lecture internationally, and maintain working / classroom studios in San Antonio, Texas.  My passions include the psychology of artistry and meaning.  Everything I teach and do is filtered through a deep connection to the energetic, spiritual aspects of human experience.  I believe each of us has an inner Creative.  Making things – whether it’s cooking or painting a room, or dyeing cloth – is supremely satisfying.  In the process of creating we are linking to every generation of makers before us and reaching for the Divine a t the same time.  It’s a gift and a pleasure everyone should experience! And can.


Artist Bio

Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions,  including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center 2013).  She is a recipient of the Quit Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.

Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic, Complex Cloh (1996).  Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010).  In 2016 North Light Books published Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises, and Stories to inspire Artistic Genius.  She is the former President of the Surface Design Association.