Program Application-Artist Statement

For over forty years I have been fashioning fiberart that celebrates the loving and healing capacity of spirit.

In the seventies, an article in MS magazine about quilt making as a women’s art form lead me to patchwork as my chosen means of expression.

In the eighties, leadership in our local fiberarts guild helped me to explore, learn and foster traditional skills and contemporary concepts in the fiber field.

In the nineties, I worked tirelessly to participate in and legitimize the art quilt movement. Getting a Master’s degree in leadership established the practice of Self-leadership where I encourage others to develop independent self-leadership skills.

At the turn of the century, I personally experienced the transformational healing power resident in the process of selecting, cutting and re-stitching clothing into quilts as I mourned the loss of my parents. This developed into a service business making memory quilts for others.

In the early part of this century I added a spiritual component to my work publishing The Quilting Path: A Guide To Spiritual Discovery through Fabric, Thread and Kabbalah, a book on quilting as an integral part of our creative life process.

In 2011, becoming a grandmother, I defined BubbeWisdom as the compilation of philosophical values, physical consciousness, psychological emotions, ephemeral spirit, moral knowledge and common sense that reflects upon and determines action that encourages humans to be and do good.

In 2015, my one-person exhibition: BubbeWisdom: Faith. Belief. Practice. integrated my quilting knowledge and experience with my sixty-fifth birthday celebration.

Today I recycle remnants into fine art quilts; produce meaningful memory quilt products by commission; work with my daughter upcycling used denim; and identify vehicles such as this that allow me to pass on a life time of experience and learning, in the effort to strive beyond everyday mundane function and outcome.

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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