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Sherri Lynn Wood - Freestyle Quilts

Kristina Nobleman - Fiber Artist

September 5 - October 28, 2018

Artist Reception: October 5, 6pm - 9pm

Workshop: Grid Busting Layered Curves, October 6, 10am - 5pm

The quilts in this exhibit are improvised from a score, a loose set of parameters, designed to explore variations of pattern, shape, line and technique. They evolved without a plan and often without a sketch or image in mind. The rhythm of attention unfolds, flexible patterns emerge, and narratives take shape in the patchwork through relationships made in the present moment, one commitment at a time. The bright colors, complexities and unexpected juxtapositions are influenced by the industrial, graffiti rich, urban neighborhood of East Oakland, CA, where I currently live and work.

Many of these freestyle quilts and the scores, techniques, and improvisational process utilized to make them are featured and described in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the artist reception.

Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Her 2015 publication, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams) provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory. Sherri teaches and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad and will be the featured speaker at Quiltcon 2019.

Instagram: @sherrilynnwood

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