Monday, June 13, 2011

Memories in silk: the tie quilts of Louise Silk

It's Day 6 (of 12) of our most-beautiful-tie-quilts series and we have some delightful quilts to share with you this week. Louise Silk is an exceptional fiber artist whose work has focused on the healing power of memory quilts. Louise uses spiritual themes, photo transfers, recycled clothing, and embroidery in her creations.  We love the way in which her tie quilts go beyond traditional designs.

Movement, by Louise Silk, at Silk Quilt

The quilt called "Movement", above, is reminiscent of a crazy quilt and yet it is pictorial in nature. The strip-pieced red airplane appears to be soaring over fields and mountains. Notice the fragment of a red, white and blue flag in the upper left corner.

Tie Repeat, by Louise Silk, at Silk Quilt

An abstract work of textile art, the emphasis in "Tie Repeat" is on the artistic juxtaposition of the patterns, colors and values of the tie silks themselves.

In addition to working with neckties, Louise Silk has transformed t-shirts, clothing, and wedding dresses into quilts of all sizes and types. To see more of her inspiring creations, check out the tie quilts, commission quilts and original works of art in the Silk Quilt galleries.
Image credits and links:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Louise Silk. Her new book, The Quilting Path, includes images and instructions for truly unique quilts, such as Fragments of Life - a Remembrance Crazy Quilt and A Picture of Place and Time - Applique Quilt.

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