Quilt Show with Carol Anne Grotrian

The South Shore Natural Science Center is pleased to announce a show and workshop by quilter Carol Anne Grotrian of Cambridge, MA.  Combining traditional American quilting and Japanese Shibori dyeing, Carol Anne creates quilts that are truly one-of-a-kind.  Shibori is an ancient form of tie-dying, with the fabric dyed using indigo.  A selection of her work will be on display in the Science Center’s Vine Hall Gallery from May 21 to June 27, 2018.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., with an opportunity to meet the artist.  Carol Anne will also lead a workshop for those interested in trying out Shibori, on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Science Center.  Advance registration is required for the workshop only.

Shibori is found in many cultures around the world, but has been primarily developed in Japan.  The fabric is folded, bunched, tied, knotted, pleated, or clamped and then dipped into the dye.  When the fabric is opened up, patterns are revealed.  As a result, each piece is unique, but related to the others by pattern or color.  Indigo is a blue-violet dye that is available as either natural or synthetic color.

The combination of traditional American quilting and Shibori techniques creates a delight for the eye.  In a fast-paced world, we can see the time and meditation it takes to visualize and create a single piece.  The layering of fabric as it is sewn to the batting and backing creates and highlights the shapes and textures of the objects being depicted.  For many, the acts of design, creation, and quilting can become a form of focused meditation in constantly changing world.

“We are excited to have a quilter featured in one of our art shows,” says Hannah Woodbury, Art Show Coordinator at SSNSC, “since quilting is such an underappreciated art form.  The design and preparation in each piece combines to showcase the artistic eye and skill of the quilter.  Creative people pull ideas and techniques from all over and combine them to create something new.  We see this in music and dance as well as the visual arts.  And it’s definitely there in quilting.”

For more information on the Science Center and its programs, please visit our website at ‘www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org’; for more information on exhibiting your work at the South Shore Natural Science Center please contact Hannah Woodbury at 781-659-2559 or email her at hwoodbury@ssymca.org

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