|Summer in the City by Hilary Gooding
If Susan Shie hadn't found fabric, she might be a Street Artist! And that would be a good thing, too. Although the lifestyle is a bit hard, always fleeing from the police and working at night and in secret. Sounds Subversive!
There are several quilters who have taken the street art off the buildings and out of the night by creating their own 'graffiti wall fabric art'. I have a sample here, (see first photo) made by Hilary Gooding.
She includes such a delightful play by play account of the making of this quilt at her website. She describes it as, "Modern day version of cave paintings as seen on walls and surfaces in every town and city around the world. I have tried to include samples that represent my life span from the protests in the sixties to the sophisticated use of spray paint today. Brick wall fused and quilted by machine. Acrylic paint sprayed, stencilled and hand painted. 105 x 130 cm."
Hilary adds, "It was a fun piece of work with plenty of drama along the way – lots of learning curves but I’m still pleased with the end result. I have done a few of what I would call ‘message quilts’ but have no plans to do any more graffiti quilts."
|One of Stepanie Brandenburg's fabric line designs
I'm also excited about a line of fabric created by Stephanie Brandenburg for Camelot Cottons called 'Urban Art.' So edgy and speaks to the side of me that wished I could have been with the Egyptian people as they fought for Democracy!
Even quilters have wilder sides, that's why we work with sharp objects! Writing about this makes me feel a bit 'subversive.' I like that feeling. Gets me out of the winter rut and loosens the bonds on my attitudes.
Of course street art comes in a variety of forms. One that seems less underground, less graffiti-like, is the well known 3-dimensional art by Edgar Mueller. His new website offers more insight into his work.
Please feel free to add names and websites to other fabric artists who are making street art. And by the way, street art has made its way into legitimate art, collectors are gaga over it. It may be the way to go.... But the old masters, who sneaked around in the dead of night to post their art on sides of buildings, street overpasses, and sidewalks are not quite so excited about the legitimate side of street art. But fabric artists don't have that problem. We still are fighting for that legitimization.
Additionally: Since posting this, I've come across another form of street art and it is stitched in yarn -- Yarn bombing! It is similar to the knitted toilet paper on the sideboard of this page, but less organized, more happenstance. I would be thrilled to run across some of this and other forms of street art, wouldn't you?
|Sky Writing by Cathy Kleeman
|Echo by Cathy Kleeman