American Quilt Classics and The Book Borrowers

Could a month really already have passed since I went to the Bellevue Art Museum to see these two phenomenal shows?Time flies when you're getting ready for conferences (I've got another one this weekend!).

But if you are at all interested in quilt art or book arts and you live anywhere near the Seattle area, you've got to make your way over to the Bellevue Art Museum to see the shows:
American Quilt Classics and
The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book.

Here's a bit of info on each:

American Quilt Classics

I'm a sucker for anything with a collage aesthetic and so I'm a sucker for quilts. My favorites:
  • the Charm quilts: "a one-patch construction piece where every piece that is sewn on is from a different fabric"
  • the Mosaic Quilts: "made by small pieces of cloth cut from print and solid fabrics."
  • the Crazy Quilts: "made from random mismatching pieces of fabric that are sewn together without any unifying design."
  • And the Log Cabin Quilts: "pieced quilt featuring blocks made of strips of fabric encircling a small centered square."
(definitions all taken from the cool kid's activity guide the museum provided).

The exhibit runs through the end of this month. Don't miss it!

WOAH MAN! This was one of my favorite book arts exhibits I've ever been to. The exhibit featured sculptures that were made of transformed books. There were stacks of phone books carved to look like Buddha heads, old encyclopedia's carefully carved out to reveal layers of illustration in relief form, and stacks of books sawed and sealed to resemble a massive canyon.
I walked out of the exhibit with my mind altered like the books.

The exhibit runs through June 14, 2009. I HIGHLY recommend this exhibit.