Recently I was invited to a private behind the scenes networking and info event for artists and designers at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. It was a really wonderful event that I thoroughly enjoyed. I think there are some really cool things that people may not know about this wonderful space so I thought I would share a few of them.
1) They don’t just show quilts. They put on really wonderful, innovative and interesting exhibits. In addition to quilts they feature a variety of textile and fiber art including felting, weaving, coiling, stitching, dyeing, painting, printing, embroidery and fashion–using modern materials. They currently have an exhibit featuring over 50 wedding dress examples from cultures around the world spanning the last 100 years.
2) They just started a new artist in residence program. Their first artist in residence is Bay Area Urban Quilter Amy Ahlstrum. Amy’s practice involves photographing found images in cities and transforming them into urban quilts. Amy finds inspiration in graffiti, signage, and sticker art in urban spaces. Amy will be introduced to the community at the October First Friday in SJMQTs new maker space.
3) Maker Space! This will be the first time for most to see the hallway that wraps the perimeter of the museum walls. SJMQT will be opening it’s NEW maker space to the public with it being the home base for the artist in residence. Keep an eye out for upcoming classes that will be held in this inviting and creative space.
4)Fiber space is a section of the museum that the creative community can be a part of by proposing exhibits and shows to be temporary exhibitions in the museum. Themes can be broad, present a variety messages and viewpoints, and incorporate a range of fiber media and techniques.
5) SJ Museum of Quilts and Textiles is putting on their first fundraising event in their new space!
The Tying the Knot fundraiser will benefit the new programming that will be start this Fall. The event will be held at the park a few feet from the museum and have delicious food, fun music, and live entertainment under the stars! There will be an auction with amazing art from Bay Area artists, as well as items such as kayaking in Santa Cruz and tickets to San Francisco Ballet. There will also be a chance to win a number of items, such as: quilts and a private boat ride on the San Francisco Bay!
I really encourage everyone to check out the Museum. There is something there for everyone and you don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy their exhibits. They also have a really great gift shop with lots of handmade items for sale.