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A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection
January 19 – April 15, 2018


Beaded and woven bag from Mexico

The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Paul J. Smith is an art administrator, curator and artist. He is also a lecturer, juror for craft competitions and consultant for craft and design projects. Involved with craft and design since the 1950s, Smith is well known for his innovative curatorial and exhibition programming in the American Studio Craft Movement, and has presented more than 200 exhibitions since 1963. His exhibitions expanded the public’s appreciation for art, craft and design. During his career, Smith also collected traditional and ethnographic textiles from Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. Smith’s personal textile collection, never before exhibited, showcases the beauty of textile traditions worldwide.

Please join SJMQT on January 28, 2018 to hear Paul Smith lecture on “Reflections: Fiber Art History in America” from 2 – 3 pm. Immediately following will be the opening reception from  3 -5pm. Tickets are for sale (Members: $15, Non-members $25) and can be found at: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/events/


 Without a Net: Susan Else
January 19 – April 15, 2018


Susan Else, Above the Boardwalk, 2007

Each of Susan Else’s figurative sculptures tells a story, capturing the range of human emotions, routines, dreams and realities. In Without a Net, lse presents an old-fashioned circus and sideshow, using three-dimensional figures to narrate the dark underbelly of the circus. Ten circus-themed pieces, many made specifically for this exhibition, incorporate sound, light and motion, to create alternative universe that is full of contradictions. The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surfaces play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities.

Please join SJMQT on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to celebrate “A Day at the Circus,” a free, family-friendly open house celebrating Susan Else’s solo exhibition. From 11am – 3pm museum visitors will have a chance to experience highlights from the circus such as clowns and performers, music and art making.


 Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood
January 19 – April 15, 2018

Award-winning British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studi, a ashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Le Wood’s exhibition, Talismanic Tresses, s based on her view of human hair which she believes acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition. In this exhibition she intimately crafted, stitch-by-stitch, piece-by-piece, and layer-by-layer the act of embellishment with an artistic expression. Le Wood believes that in the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.


Vien Le Wood, alismanic Tresses, 2017
Staples, copper, naturally dyed mohair yarn, tie dyed and screen printed human hair


 13th Quilt Nihon
July 21 – October 15, 2017

A selection of Quilts from 13th Quilt Nihon

SAN JOSE, California, July 6, 2017 –– The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is excited to present the United States premiere of the 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. These quilts are drawn from the winners of the prestigious Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association (JHIA) competition, the largest quilting competition in Japan.


For more than forty-five years, the JHIA has been dedicated to promoting handicraft arts through training and publication in Japan. The 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition, in accepting quilts designed along both traditional and contemporary lines, seeks to collect the best examples of modern Japanese quilt making. The JHIA Encouragement Award for quilters under the age of 35 also serves to promote the future of this art form.


The 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition begins in Tokyo and travels across the United States, allowing an international audience to appreciate the artistry and technical finesse of these prizewinning Japanese quilts.


  Linear Intervention: Sabine Reckewell
July 21 – October 15, 2017

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 2D/3D embroideries by Sabine Reckewell

Sabine Reckewell describes her room-sized installations as “three-dimensional drawings.” Using linear materials, repetition, and geometry, Reckewell creates forms that simultaneously give contradictory impressions of flatness and volume.

These installations, constructed using simple tools and techniques, strike a fine balance between mathematical precision and hand-made simplicity. Based on the dimensions and properties of a room, Reckewell maps out the geometry of the installation with evenly spaced points, and constructs it with soft and pliable linear materials like yarns, ribbons, ropes, and webbing. Repetition gives the work a meditative quality, and the choice of material gives it personality.

Reckewell’s installations are rarely meant to be permanent, movable sculptures: They exist in a particular space for a certain amount of time and then are deconstructed. This will be the case for Reckewell’s site-specific installation at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on view in the Finlayson Gallery.


Bold Statements: Modern and Historical Quilts from the Collection

July 12 – October 15, 2017

During its 40-year existence, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has accumulated a permanent collection composed of over 1200 textiles, including over 450 historic and contemporary quilts.

K.B.A. Log Cabin (Courthouse Steps Variation), 1965 Gift of Lea And Bruce Berman

K.B.A. Log Cabin (Courthouse Steps Variation), 1965

Gift of Lea And Bruce Berman

Bold Statements highlights quilts from the SJMQT collection with strong graphic and geometric sensibilities. This set of quilts speaks to the infinite variety of expression that quilters have achieved through the simplest of shapes.  Many of the quilts in this exhibit are from a generous 2016 donation of over 80 quilts by Lea and Bruce Berman and have never been exhibited in the museum before now.


FiberShots 4th Annual Community Challenge and Sale

            July 22 - September 3, 2017      

Roberta Pabst, Millefiori Madness, 2017 FiberShot

Over 100 artists from around the world have translated their preferred fiber art medium into a 10"x 10" square. The artists' donated work will be sold for $125, with all proceeds dedicated to funding fiber art programs. Please join us for the Champagne Gala Celebration on the night of Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 6 - 9pm.  Ticket purchasing information can be found here.


 These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a gran supported by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.
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