I am thrilled that Darcy and Doug Orr commissioned me to create a quilt for the Swannanoa Gathering, a series of music workshops held each summer on the campus of Warren Wilson Collge. The quilt is displayed during concerts and other events during this wonderful event that we have been a part of for so many years. It was a huge hit last summer at the Gathering, and I’m amazed/honored/thrilled/humbled to say it won First Place in Special Techniques at the 2014 Asheville Quilt Show, as well as the more prestigious Viewer’s Choice.
Peter Yarrow at the Swannanoa Gathering
Swannanoa String Band, 1895
In 2013, The Black Mountain Center for the Arts hosted a solo show of my work, in conjunction with the Swannanoa Valley Museum‘s seasonal opening. SVM’s lead exhibit was ‘Music in the Valley’ and was based on this wonderful vintage photograph:
Just for fun, I interpreted this photo in fabric, and it was the lead quilt in the gallery exhibit next door, at BMCA. I am pleased to say it also won First Place in Art Quilt-Pictorial in the 2014 Asheville Quilt Show, and was accepted for exhibition in the American Quilters Society 2015 show in Paducah, KY.
Faces of Music
A quilt I finished early in 2012, using a technique I learned from Marilyn Wall at John C Campbell Folk School, for turning photographs into fabric. No, these aren’t printed on fabric; these are actually cut out, by hand, in several different shades then stacked and fused together. In this case, I created a collection of famous musicians, who have influenced the musical direction of a music store I used to own in Black Mountain NC, where it remains on exhibit today. All of them used hand-dyed fabric from Vicki Welch, and they are all approximately 8″ x 10″ each. Here is the final product, a collage which now hangs on a wall in Acoustic Corner’s showroom. The individual images are featured below.