Plainsboro Public Library – October 2018 – “Simple Shapes, Bold Color & Texture” is a collection of modern quilts by Krishma Patel, showing at the Plainsboro Library Gallery this October. Inspired by the colors found in folk arts from around the world, as well as the clean and simple shapes found in mid-century modern art, the artist explores the visual effect of quilted texture in her work. An art reception will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2 – 4 pm, where Patel will lead an informal chat about her quilts (3 pm). The exhibit runs September 29 to October 24.
Viewers will be intrigued by the detail and extraordinary quality of the artist’s quilts. “Juxtapose”, inspired by mid-century modern art, and quilted entirely with invisible thread, is an attempt to study the interaction and contrast of blender fabrics against solid fabrics; and straight line vs. zigzag line vs. topographic lines of quilting. Symmetrical borders contrast with the asymmetry of the slice & insert pieced center, hence the title “Juxtapose”. The goal was to draw the eye to the center with visual texture and add interest harmoniously.
Patel also creates quilts with a social theme. “Just Stop” is a statement about the senselessness of the trophy hunting of endangered species, triggered by the 2015 sensational killing of Cecil, the black mane Zimbabwean Lion who was being tracked and studied in the Hwange National Park. The bold, bright colors in the quilt are inspired by the folk arts and the landscape of this part of Africa.
Krishma Patel was born in South India, a region famous for its exquisite textiles. Her mother, an avid dress maker, would give Krishma scraps of fabrics and silk yarns to play with, and by the age of 9 she was able to run a treadle sewing machine on her own. During her school years, she continued to build on her knowledge of and experience with the various local textiles, excelling in free motion embroidery on the treadle sewing machine.
Throughout her career in accounting and finance, Patel continued to nurture her love for textiles and yarns. After moving to the US with her husband in 2001, she discovered the beauty in quilting, and coupling this new craft with her expertise in textiles, began a new award-winning career. Using state of the art quilting machines as well as treadle sewing machines, Krishma designs and produces commissioned work for interior installations, and for the commemoration of events and milestones. She also organizes and participates in community quilting projects.
She has exhibited at The Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX; The Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center, Carteret, NJ; Doylestown Hospital, PA; Hillsborough Public Library, NJ; Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ; Quiltcon – Quilt Show, Savannah, GA; Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ; QuiltFest Quilt Shows, NJ; American Quilters Society Quilt Show, Paducah, KY; and the MQX Quilt Festival, Springfield, IL.
The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.
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