Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yvonne Porcella quilt exhibit

I so lucked out! I saw in The Quilt Show newsletter that Yvonne Porcella was having a quilt exhibit on Stanford campus right when I was heading to California to visit my daughter, just a few minutes from campus. Yay! I love her style. This is one of the first ones I saw, and there are so many things I like about it -- the piecing, the applique, the quilting, the use of color, the binding.
The lighting was not great for photos, but I wanted to show this flower basket quilt...
...because I love how she interspersed broderie perse with her own flowers, as you can see in this closeup.
I really like the one below. Yvonne Porcella's quilts are free and fun, but not chaotic. I love her mix of black and white with brights, and it seems to me it's not overdone.
Here's a closeup to show her amazing quilting -- really enhances the design.
Another fun one, with people and chili pepper appliques (again, lighting is not so great, and I had to use the camera on my phone since I dropped my other camera):
And I think you can see the quilting in the closeup, especially if you click to enlarge the photo. This is much more lightly quilted, and I love how the lines work -- they don't follow the checkerboard or stripes, but are a design of their own that fits the quilt. Never would have thought of this, but it looks terrific.
This is a closeup of Purple Dog Green Hair -- awesome!!
You can see the full quilt hanging here (with another of her quilts, Moo 2000). I love how these quilts were displayed -- a few quilts along a wall, in several hallways, on a few floors, of 3 neighboring buildings on campus. There were also two other artists, working in different media, whose works were displayed with hers. Wouldn't it be awesome to sit in this lounge to study and look up from time to time to see the quilts?
You can see more of Yvonne Porcella's work here.


Tonya Ricucci said...

wheee, what a fun exhibit! hope the visit with dd is/was great!

True Blue Nana said...

Wow, what a great quilt show. I love her creativity. Thanks for sharing.

jillytacy said...

These are beautiful! I like that they are so free and her colors are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

sewkalico said...

I can see why you like her style - so positive and invigorating!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a great experience THAT must have been!

Thanks for sharing the photos!!!!!

KathieB said...

Love her work! I have a book of hers and it gives continual inspiration. Interesting to see traditional applique/needlework mixed in with the free-form, abstract stuff.

em's scrapbag said...

Loved the nontraditional quilt show. Very fun!

Rosalyn Manesse said...

What a super show, and the campus is looking great. Years ago I visited there with my husband to see the sculpture