The exhibit “Connected by a Thread: The Kentucky Six+” is on display in the lobby of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea through June 9, 2013.

The Kentucky Six+ is a group of fiber artists who make art quilts and have been together 12 years. Their initial goal was to support one another in learning innovative ways to use fabric to express themselves in this art form. They continue with that goal, realizing that creative support gives them courage and a clear voice as women.

This exhibit features works by the seven members of this group who have created small wall quilts based on a challenge theme: “Working in a Series.” Each artist used her own creative style to pursue her chosen theme.

Many of these artists have hand-dyed a variety of fabrics to create texture and pattern and then added further definition and detail with stitching. Linda Simpson, of Lexington, has hand-dyed silk to convey her rendering of hats inspired by spring and the Kentucky Derby. Her use of feathers, beads and ribbons offer realistic embellishment.

Pat Cheshire Jennings, of Berea, has created a series of stylized tree-themed quilts using appliqued hand-dyed cotton in a variety of colors to create leaves and perspective. Multiple layers and types of thread add additional depth and color.

Paige Hoogerheide, of Lexington, also uses hand-dyed silk, cotton and sheer fabrics in her quilt series based on the elemental shapes circle, rectangle and triangle. Her works resemble brightly colored collages with texture and depth created by her juxtaposition of fabrics.
Karen Riggins, of Versailles, whose series is based on nature, not only hand-dyes, paints and stamps her fabrics, but incorporates a third dimension by creating a vine from cord and heavy wire hand-wrapped with fabric.

Felted fibers are the focus of the works by Cindy Vough, of Lexington, who states, “Felting is a new technique for me. It requires extensive agitation of the wool layers to make them ‘stick’ together. I hand-dyed and painted the felted fibers because for me, using fabric I have colored in one way or another makes the work more personal.”

Re-purposed and recycled materials are the starting point for the works by Karry Green Crump, of Campbellsville, who has hand-dyed coffee filters and cuts them into petal shapes for her sunflower series. Many of her silk background fabrics are hand-dyed and painted with acrylics.

Mollie Heron, of Lexington, has combined her love of photography and fiber by printing images directly onto her fabrics. Incorporating many different kinds of fabrics, her series of color studies are embellished with velvet, yarn, trims, ribbons and buttons.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. In addition to the lobby quilt exhibit, a gallery exhibit, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” is on display through Aug. 24. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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