Artist in Residence Program

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles' Artist in Residence program began in October 2016 with an incredible response from the local community, Museum Members, and Visitors.  We host an artist or collaborative group every three months. Artists have an onsite open studio during their three month residency in our newly renovated Maker Space. Our AIR program also provides exhibition space for each artist in our Maker Space Gallery.




APRIL - jUNE 2018

Liz Harvey explores themes of loss, displacement, and migration as experienced by people, plant life, and animals. She combines embroidery and performance as a vehicle to address these topics.


Residency Hours and New Work on view:
Wed. & Thurs. 11 - 3:30pm | Sun. 11 - 2:30pm

the lost ones is a multi-year embroidery project and performance by Liz Harvey that occupies the intersection of craft, performance, and botany. Performers wear and embroider a Victorian-style dress made by the artist, and visitors are invited join the performer in embroidering the dress during each performance. Covering the dress are over twenty plant images featuring highly endangered plants from across the globe, creating an allover botanical design made from the accumulation of small stitches. In the last two years, over 150 visitors have embroidered on the dress alongside eight performers. The dress will be exhibited as a sculptural object when the multiple plant images are completely embroidered. The project, now in its third year, is slated to last five years.

the lost ones is a member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection for the Arts provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit


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Alise Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist. She incorporates her background in dance and video into her fiber works. She uses humor in her fiber sculpture/performance work in order to address uncomfortable topics and situations


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october - december 2018

Margaret Timbrell uses humor in her embroidery works to examine the way language is used today through technology. The San Francisco based artist adapts phone texts that have been altered incorrectly through the use of auto correct. Her work poses questions regarding the quality of language and how we communicate/miscommunicate with one another.






Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization (sparked from her Hapa heritage – she is ½ Japanese and ½ Caucasian), Solomon’s mixed media works revolve thematically around domesticity, craft, and masculinity/femininity, and often the pursuit of art as science/research. She is frankly obsessed with color/color theory and is drawn to found objects tending to alter them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She often fuses “wrong” things together – re contextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that inherently question and skirt the line between ART and CRAFT.