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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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



Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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