The best graduation gift I received when I went off to college was a hand-made quilt from my Grandmother. Grandma Atchley is a life long, and incredibly talented seamstress. When I was young enough to require supervision I would often tag along to her quilt meetings in the Norris church basement. I would sit there and watch the ladies work at these massive quilts that they would so often simply give away.
Which is part of the reason why I still hold that handmade quilt with such high esteem, and it was the first blanket I ever owned that properly fit me. It was also part of my creative spirit that I so readily credit to my talented grandparents. This was just a part of the reason that I was so excited to be apart of CCA’s Four Corners Quilt Exhibit. But could have never prepared me for the images I would see become a part of this exhibit.
Way back in March I began work on the Call for Entry for what would become Four Corners. At first I was nervous about the work that was being submitted, a little less inspired than I had hoped, though still of an excellent quality. To be honest it was difficult to explain what kind of show it would become until well after the works had all been counted, juried, and delivered. Fabric art has a wonderful quality of being 10 times more impressive in person than it ever was in a photograph.
Unpacking the works was a wonder. The amount of detail these artists were able to stitch into a few square feet of cloth was mind boggling and I wasn’t the only person who took notice. Four Corners was easily the most well attended, non-local, exhibit I have had the opportunity to work on since beginning work at the Center nearly a year ago. I was fortunate enough to take the lead on this particular exhibit and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to be my first.
From the wonderfully talented artists that I worked with in putting the exhibit together to the constant compliments from the public who attended the exhibit, I feel that I was truly given an excellent opportunity here. Hopefully I can make this encouragement stretch into a long and fruitful career.