As one of our distinctive traditional art forms, quiltmaking is a cultural touchstone for many communities in the United States. Consequently, quilts represent our diversity in a unique way. The Sum of Many Parts is a quilt exhibit that was developed to tour China, and expose the Chinese audience to a side of American society they may not have experienced before. Created in conjunction with Arts Midwest, the US Embassy in Beijing, and the Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum, the exhibit opens at the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume at Donghua University in September 2012. It will continue to tour China until 2014.
The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st-Century America represents a broad range of artists, all of whom are currently producing work. Some of the artists began quilting and sewing as children and teenagers, while others did not pursue the art form until adulthood. Many learned the craft at home, creating practical blankets for their families. Others are academically trained artists who chose textiles as their primary medium. As a result, each quilt in the exhibit is as unique as its maker. They tell individual stories, have different artistic styles, serve distinct artistic purposes, and employ personalized techniques within the realm of fiber arts. Yet, the 25 artworks and artists featured in The Sum of Many Parts are united by two key factors. All of the artists respect the traditions of quiltmaking, and their pieces illustrate a passion for artistic expression through textiles.
See the quilts on Flickr!