Denise Labadie: Stone Portraits and Sacred Stonescapes
June 5 – July 14, 2019
Porcella Gallery 

Labadie makes contemporary art quilt portraits of Celtic megalithic stones and monoliths, and more recent monastic ruins. These stonescapes – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, burial tombs, abandoned churches, forgotten cemeteries, and lost-in-history portals and passageways – are both timeless and evoke deep remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten. Labadie's quilts are known both for their surprising emotionality, large size and, from a construction standpoint, their hand-painted fabrics, textures, color gradation, shadowing and perspective, depth of field, craftsmanship and technique precision. 

Bonamargy Friary, 2018 52 x 43" Hand-painted cotton fabrics; reverse, turned edge, and raw edge appliqué; machine appliquéd, pieced, and quilted

Bonamargy Friary, 2018
52 x 43"
Hand-painted cotton fabrics; reverse, turned edge, and raw edge appliqué; machine appliquéd, pieced, and quilted


Chiaki Dosho  Light & Dark 11  Japanese kimono (silk, synthetic fiber) Direct appliqué

Chiaki Dosho
Light & Dark 11
Japanese kimono (silk, synthetic fiber)
Direct appliqué

H2OH!
APRIL 20 – JULY 14, 2019
TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

In association with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

Water - it's everywhere! The majority of the earth's surface is covered by water. More than half of the human body consists of water. Every living thing depends on water to survive, and life hangs in the balance when this precious resource is squandered. Offering a variety of artistic interpretations, H2Oh! draws on a well of beauty, reverence, and contemplation as it invites viewers to consider the importance and the impact of water, one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth.

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THE MARBAUM COLLECTION: VARIATIONS IN TECHNIQUES
APRIL 20, 2019 – JULY 14, 2019
FINLAYSON GALLERY

Discover a selection of quilts from the Marbaum Collection - a unique collection of 87 art quilts generously donated to SJMQT for its 40th anniversary - on display for the first time. Marvin and Hilary Fletcher started acquiring quilts in the early 1980’s, eventually establishing a formidable trove of works from nearly 80 artists, bearing witness to the diversity and vitality of quilt-making from that time, to the present. The Marbaum Collection is both an invaluable resource for artists and researchers to explore, and a deeply personal collection woven together by the Fletchers’ long standing passion for and philanthropic support of art quilts. The gifted collection, unprecedented in size and scope for SJMQT, will travel internationally before joining its new home in San Jose in 2020. 

Cher Cartwright  And the Living is Easy,  2006 Gift of Hilary and Marvin Fletcher  2017.525.16

Cher Cartwright
And the Living is Easy, 2006
Gift of Hilary and Marvin Fletcher
2017.525.16


Golden U-back suit, 2012 Ink on matsuo kozo, thread Monotype on matsuo kozo, stitching  Photo: Jeffrey M. Bruce

Golden U-back suit, 2012
Ink on matsuo kozo, thread
Monotype on matsuo kozo, stitching
Photo: Jeffrey M. Bruce

KRISTEN MARTINCIC: SWIM CLUB
APRIL 20 – JULY 14, 2019
HALLWAY GALLERY

Kristen Martincic uses swimwear as a surrogate for the female body, creating paper bathing suits that are a cross between a bathing suit and an underdress, skin and clothing. Social conventions and context play a significant role in how these garments are viewed by others and ourselves. These delicate paper suits talk about the awkwardness of vulnerability and exposure while maintaining a sense of levity. 


MOMENTARY & TIMELESS 
APRIL 20 - JUNE 2, 2019
PORCELLA GALLERY

Momentary & Timeless invites you to join six Bay Area fiber artists as they explore various ideas through a combination of haiku and the art quilt. Each artist presents a unique style that will draw you into the rhythm of the exhibit. You will be invited to write your own haiku and hang it on a “wishing tree” – a tradition unique to Japan.

Morning Fog  Robin Cowley Silk, cotton Machine sewn and fused

Morning Fog Robin Cowley
Silk, cotton
Machine sewn and fused


Janice Lessman-Moss  #460, Casting Shadows , 2017 Silk, linen Digital jacquard, hand woven TC2 loom, painted warp and weft

Janice Lessman-Moss
#460, Casting Shadows, 2017
Silk, linen
Digital jacquard, hand woven TC2 loom, painted warp and weft

INTERNATIONAL TECHSTYLE ART BIENNIAL IV
JANUARY 20, 2019 – APRIL 14, 2019
HALLWAY, PORCELLA, TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.


EVANESCENCE: JUDITH CONTENT
JANUARY 20, 2019 – APRIL 14, 2019
FINLAYSON GALLERY

Palo Alto based artist, Judith Content, explores the essence of image, memory or a moment in time through the process of hand dying and stitched silk. Through discharge dyeing and shibori dyeing techniques, Content's work references the natural landscape with painterly movement and depth.

Judith Content  Under Current , 2017 Hand dyed silk Pieced and quilted

Judith Content
Under Current, 2017
Hand dyed silk
Pieced and quilted


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HEY, ARE YOU FREE?
SOLO EXHIBITION: WU YU JUNG
NEW TERRAINS: MIGRATION AND MOBILITY PROJECT
NOVEMBER 28 – JANUARY 13, 2019
PORCELLA GALLERY

Wu Yu Jung’s Solo Exhibition depicts mended cloth as metaphor for how clothing shapes the identity of the wearer, but also reveals our histories, scars and growth. Her exhibition will document the participants of the mended clothing through artifact, video and photograph, and feature the artist’s experience of visiting her Sister City of San Jose.


EXCELLENCE IN FIBERS, IN COLLABORATION WITH FIBER ART NOW MAGAZINE
OCTOBER 19, 2018 – JANUARY 13, 2019
TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

Fiber Art Now Magazine highlights innovative, contemporary textile art in the Excellence in Fibers issue. An exhibition of the same name, the work shows current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.

(Hi)Stories Uncovered   Ali Ferguson Print & hand stitching on domestic textiles and vintage garments

(Hi)Stories Uncovered
Ali Ferguson
Print & hand stitching on domestic textiles and vintage garments


Empty Void 22,  2018 Artist's hair, Acrylic medium on panel

Empty Void 22, 2018
Artist's hair, Acrylic medium on panel

SEEING THE THRESHOLD: JAYOUNG YOON
OCTOBER 19, 2018 – JANUARY 13, 2019
HALLWAY GALLERY

Born in Korea, Jayoung Yoon is a New York based artist known for using human hair in her art. She focuses on using hair as a medium for exploring systems of thought, perception and sensations of the body. Her use of hair connects the viewer’s visual perception of the work to the physical form of the body. Her creations of 2 dimensional work, of both woven forms and geometric shapes, represent the limbo between conscious and unconscious states.


SUTURE AND STITCH: MARK NEWPORT
OCTOBER 19, 2018 – JANUARY 13, 2019
FINLAYSON GALLERY

For Mark Newport, textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to move from flesh to cloth indiscriminately. While cloth protects skin, either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing and measure the intensity of the wound. 

These works begin by cutting a hole into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with needle and thread. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers. Whether the area of repair is immediately visible or camouflaged, mending holes leaves a scar that speaks of vulnerability, intimacy, and futility.

Mark Newport  Redress 4,  2017 Embroidery on cotton

Mark Newport
Redress 4, 2017
Embroidery on cotton