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Monday, May 25th, 2015

BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice Exhibit

At this stage of my life, everything fabric, patch, thread, takes on multiple meaning. It’s the same for breath, thought, action and so it is for the three categories of work on display: Bed Quilts made from gleaned scraps of my fabric collection; Kabbalah theme quilts from tee-shirt remnants; work from personal materials of memory.
A. Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Etz Chaim

B. Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Yesh

C. On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
On The Edge

D. One Among Many; 75”H X 41”; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. Sold
One Amoung Many

E. Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Port of Entry

F. Self-Portrait 2013; 10”H X 8”W; Hand Embroidered French Knots. Collection of Artist.
Self-Portrait

G. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt; 85”H X 87”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Personal Materials of Memory including clothing favorites such as Sun Dog shirt, Dana Buchman vest From Eli’s Bar Mitzvah, first cashmere sweater, Lilith Fair and JJill hemp clothing, CP Shade and Panache garments. Heath’s corduroy shirt and pinstripe nightshirt. Dad’s golf hankie, navy blazer and NRM sweater logo. Mom’s 75th birthday suit, poke-a-dot dress, stripe shirt and Pieces of Memory remnants. Materials from Biblical Women projects including Erased Out Of Herstory Tee-Shirt. Billy Siegal’s molas, MaryAnn’s batiks, Israeli hand-embroidery, Indian kurta and pants. Sadye and Howie silk appliqué found by Dana at Triftique. Hand embroidered prayer. General Sisters Underwear, Childhood blanket and Nana’s afghan. Jim’s Bubbe’s 60th Birthday Schlep Tee-Shirt. Collection of Artist.

H. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt Story Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $25.00.
Book Installation

I. Acceptance: Journal End Tables; 24”H X 14”W X 14”D; Cut and Machine Stitched Hand-Written Journals (1971-2006), Tee-Shirt Remnants, Wire Basket. Collection of Artist.
P1040955

J. Hannah’s Children; 72″WX60″DX49″H; Tent made from remnants of mechitzah from Museum Of The Diaspora Protest Project circa 1994; Pillows Made From Remnants of Jacob’s Ladder Project. $736.00
Hannah's Children

K. Blessings of a Child: A Chapter Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $18.00.
Book Installation

L. Jacob’s Ladder; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Materials of Memory from JCC Community including challah cover, logo tee-shirts, napkins, biker shirts, men’s sport shirts, baby onesie, tie-dye shirts, bedspread, table clothes, quilting fabric, chemo-cap, Mexican embroidery, African fabric, Holocaust Star and photo, rags, crocheted doily, beads, apron, painter’s pants, pajamas, upholstery materials, knitted shawl, hand-batik fabric, curtains, woman’s blouse, hexagon quilt pieces, denim jeans, men’s work shirts, men’s khaki shorts, woman’s skirt, carry bag, woman’s suit jacket. Collection of American Jewish Museum.
Jacob's Ladder

M. Jacob’s Ladder Coaster Collection; 48 sets of coasters made for individual contributors with their materials of memory. Shown with crocheted basket and rug. Gift from the Artist.
Gift Coasters

N. Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00
Dream Interpeters

O. Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
Keter

P. Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
IMG_5470

Q. Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. Sold
IMG_5482

R. SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted. $1800.00.
SilkDenim Boro

S. Modest But Zealous; Diptych 17”HX22”W; Hand Embroidery on 1980 Sadye and Howard Shapiro Community Leadership Awards. Collection of Artist.
Howie
Sadye

T. BubbeWisdom; 8.5”H X 8.5”W X .5”D; Available from Lulu.com, $21.95. Selected writings by Louise Silk as she blogged for the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, her granddaughter, and her blogs at http://bubbewisdom.com/ Done in conjunction with this 2015 quilt exhibition at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh.
BubbeWisdomBook


Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice: The Exhibit

At this stage of my life, everything fabric, patch, thread, takes on multiple meaning. It’s the same for breath, thought, action and so it is for the three categories of work on display: Bed Quilts made from gleaned scraps of my fabric collection; Kabbalah theme quilts from tee-shirt remnants; work from personal materials of memory.
Gallery Instalation

Installation

Gallery Installation2

A. Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Etz Chaim

B. Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Yesh

C. On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
On The Edge

D. One Among Many; 75”H X 41”; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. Sold
One Amoung Many

E. Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants. $736.00
Port of Entry

F. Self-Portrait 2013; 10”H X 8”W; Hand Embroidered French Knots. Collection of Artist.
Self-Portrait

G. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt; 85”H X 87”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Personal Materials of Memory including clothing favorites such as Sun Dog shirt, Dana Buchman vest From Eli’s Bar Mitzvah, first cashmere sweater, Lilith Fair and JJill hemp clothing, CP Shade and Panache garments. Heath’s corduroy shirt and pinstripe nightshirt. Dad’s golf hankie, navy blazer and NRM sweater logo. Mom’s 75th birthday suit, poke-a-dot dress, stripe shirt and Pieces of Memory remnants. Materials from Biblical Women projects including Erased Out Of Herstory Tee-Shirt. Billy Siegal’s molas, MaryAnn’s batiks, Israeli hand-embroidery, Indian kurta and pants. Sadye and Howie silk appliqué found by Dana at Triftique. Hand embroidered prayer. General Sisters Underwear, Childhood blanket and Nana’s afghan. Jim’s Bubbe’s 60th Birthday Schlep Tee-Shirt. Collection of Artist.

My Memory Quilt

My Memory Quilt

H. Bubbe’s Memory Quilt Story Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $25.00.

Bubbe's Memory Quilt Book

I. Acceptance: Journal End Tables; 24”H X 14”W X 14”D; Cut and Machine Stitched Hand-Written Journals (1971-2006), Tee-Shirt Remnants, Wire Basket. Collection of Artist.
Journal Table Installed

P1040955

Acceptance 1

J. Hannah’s Children; 72″WX60″DX49″H; Tent made from remnants of mechitzah from Museum Of The Diaspora Protest Project circa 1994; Pillows Made From Remnants of Jacob’s Ladder Project. $736.00

Hannah's Children

K. Blessings of a Child: A Chapter Book; 9”H X 6”W X 1”D Hardback Book available from Lulu.com, $18.00.
Book Installation

L. Jacob’s Ladder; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Materials of Memory from JCC Community including challah cover, logo tee-shirts, napkins, biker shirts, men’s sport shirts, baby onesie, tie-dye shirts, bedspread, table clothes, quilting fabric, chemo-cap, Mexican embroidery, African fabric, Holocaust Star and photo, rags, crocheted doily, beads, apron, painter’s pants, pajamas, upholstery materials, knitted shawl, hand-batik fabric, curtains, woman’s blouse, hexagon quilt pieces, denim jeans, men’s work shirts, men’s khaki shorts, woman’s skirt, carry bag, woman’s suit jacket. Collection of American Jewish Museum.
Jacob's Ladder

M. Jacob’s Ladder Coaster Collection; 48 sets of coasters made for individual contributors with their materials of memory. Shown with crocheted basket and rug. Gift from the Artist.
Gift Coasters

N. Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00
Dream Interpeters

O. Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
Keter

P. Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. $736.00.
IMG_5470

Q. Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants. Sold
IMG_5482

R. SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted. $1800.00.
SilkDenim Boro

S. Modest But Zealous; Diptych 17”HX22”W; Hand Embroidery on 1980 Sadye and Howard Shapiro Community Leadership Awards. Collection of Artist.
Sadye
Howie


Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Quilt Curtains

Subject: Music Room So Rich

Louise, of course we bring people into the music room when the sun hits it in late afternoon, and your quilt glows like Chartres.
But it’s 5:21 a.m. now, no light at all, and the quilt is equally wonderful and comforting. Thanks for your great gift to us.
–FT

Subject: 3 more reasons to love your work

Louise, 3 more reasons to love your work;
1. Acoustics. The music room is so quiet now it’s thrilling.
2. Warmer: mid-April was chilly here, but not in the music room with your quilt, which warms it up.
3. Cooler: early May is HOT here!, but not in the music room with your quilt, which cools it down.
–FT

Curtain 1

Curtain 2

Curtain 3

Curtain 4

Curtain 5

Curtain 6

Curtain 7

Curtain 8


Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

It Takes A Life Time

Machine Stitching

Stitching detail

The big question that I am getting lately is- How long does it take you to make that? Oh my, what a loaded question. There are so many factors that go into each and every quilt: the purpose, the budget, the materials, and the use to name the most basic. That requires a face-to-face meeting with the client- asking critical questions to understand the needs and goals for the project.

I begin with my experience- recalling past projects that fit into the same classification. For example, someone is interested in a curtain- I look back at all of my curtain projects and see what will help me this time.
I search through other pieces of art that will engage my creativity looking for innovations that will help make this piece better.
I go through the materials and organize them to make sense for this particular project.
I decide on the format- do I need a drawing? a pattern? a series of cuttings? Are there different components to the project- does it need a border- will it be used as wall art? What is the backing?
Finally, the work begins, a very organized and speedy process of cutting, piecing, ironing, pinning, observing, correcting, noting, quilting, binding………………..

How long does it take to make a quilt? A lifetime of experience.


Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lots and Lots of Scraps

The work in my current exhibition is made either of materials of memory or lots and lots of scraps. Here is how they came together:
OnThe Edge
On The Edge; 59”H X 62”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Yesh
Yesh; 60”H X 58”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Etz Chaim
Etz Chaim; 60”H X 56”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Keter
Keter; 86”HX86”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Port of Entry 3.3
Port of Entry 3.3; 40”H X 65”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Tee-Shirt Remnants.

Tiferet
Tiferet; 77”HX67”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Dream Interpeters
Dream Interpretations; 101”HX83”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

SilkDenim Boro
SilkDenim Boro; 88”HX85”W; SilkDenim.us First Collection Denim Remnants; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted.

Sky and Water
Sky and Water; 87”HX79”W; Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted Remnants.

Come see them in person!


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A Wedding Quilt

Napkins from the wedding made into a traditional pressed-pieced log cabin: a thoughtful gift from the sister of the groom.
Log Cabin detail

Log Cabin


Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The SilkDenim Seam

I am absolutely positive that Sarah and I, through our work developing SilkDenim, have invented a new seam. It happens when there is a right angle of a finished leg bottom and its side edge are stitched into the face of a garment:

silkDenim Seam1

SilkDenim Seam1a

We piece the seam regularly- right sides together.

SilkDenim Seam2

The we top stitch the hem pant bottom so that it shows on the face of the garment.

SilkDenim Seam3

A true innovation in the field.


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Denim Is The New Business Card

Computer

Screen

Screening

Drying

Stitching

The Cards

Card Case Front

Card Case Back


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Pillows in Memory of a Special Mom

Paula's Mom


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Closer To No More Pastic Bags

It seemed the next right move for me to remove all of those unsightly plastic garage bags. Here are the new denim trash bags:

Wastebasket1

Wastebasket2

Wastebasket3

Wastebasket4


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

For Patriot Day- Two Quilts

New Glory

New Glory

Stars of America

Stars of America


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Hoarding

Lots of remnants

Sorted shelves

Stripped fabric

Hoarding: the acquisition of, and failure to discard, possessions which appear to be useless or of limited value. Frost and Gross 1993

I was catching up with an old fiber friend recently and told her about my success making memory quilts. She suggested I might have a market working with hoarders.

Her idea brought me to my own forms of hoarding because I’ve been spending my last stretch of studio time trying to get a handle on my materials. I started sorting in the effort to find a place to house the denim we will repurpose for SilkDenim- yes, another form of collecting, for sure, but a story for another time.

Quilters are known for being very attached to their fabric collections: The one who dies with the most fabric, wins! It’s crazy to realize that I have enough quilting fabric to make- I ‘m just guessing here- an easy couple hundred quilts with what’s on hand.

In the effort to streamline the collection, I removed all of the small precious scraps- anything less than a ¼ yd and am in process cutting them into usable strips that I will use to create Gee’s Bend type bed quilts for an upcoming exhibition.

I have always said one can never have too many quilts- but now I wonder-could I possible be a quilt hoarder too?



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