Saturday, April 10, 2021

Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin
Art Quilts

Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
Art Quilts have featured on this blogspot and so for your convenience I have listed below previous posts in this series:
Art Quilts - Part I
Art Quilts - Part II
Art Quilts - Part III
Art Quilts - Part IV
Art Quilts - Part V
Art Quilts - Part VI
Art Quilts - Part VII


Introduction
The very first post I published on this blogspot (26th of August, 2010) was the ArtCloth exhibition that I curated and that was funded in order to tour it throughtout Australia. It was titled - ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions. Twenty one ArtCloth works were exhibited from 21 artists who resided in Britain, Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia.

Joan Truckenbrod (USA) was invited to open the exhibition, but unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances she was unable to fly to Australia. Els van Baarle (The Netherlands) flew to Australia and at the last minute agreed to open the exhibition. She gave a wonderful impromptu opening speech.

Her ArtCloth work - Nothing is the Same I & II - reflected on the loss of her husband and so was an emotional work for others to experience.

Nothing is the Same I & II.

I had been an admirer of Els and her close friend Cherilyn Martin's work since the 90s. In early 2015 I was asked to open their combined exhibition - Memory Cloth - Rememberings in Textile Exhibition@Museum de Kantfabriek (The Netherlands) - which I was happy to do.

Els van Baarle, Marie-Therese Wisniowski and Cherilyn Martin catching up at the opening of the "Memory Cloth. Rememberings in Textile" exhibition.

This piqued my interest in ArtCloth and Art Quilts in the Netherlands and so in 2015, whilst at the Textile Lab in Tilburg, I purchased Henk Lijding, Art Quilts in Nederland, which gives a wounderful insight into the work of so many quilters in the Netherlands.


Art Quilts in the Netherlands - Part I[1]
Artist and Title of Work: Els van Baarle, You Are Here (2012).
Materials and Techniques: Batik, silkscreened.
Size: 30 x 300 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Close up of a section of the above.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Artist and Title of Work: Els van Baarle, Opening (2012).
Materials and Techniques: Batik, silk-screened.
Size: 160 x 160 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Artist and Title of Work: Els van Baarle, Is That ALL There Is? (2010).
Materials and Techniques: Silk-screened on newspaper and organza.
Size: 80 x 130 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Close up of a section of the above work.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Artist and Title of Work: Cherilyn Martin, Honourable Age II (2012).
Materials and Techniques: Paper pulp on mull, 178 stitches.
Size: 55 x 310 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Close up of a section of the above work.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Artist and Title of Work: Cherilyn Martin, It's The Stones that Speak 5 (2006).
Materials and Techniques: Paper on textile.
Size: 102 x 95 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].

Artist and Title of Work: Cherilyn Martin, It's The Stones that Speak 7 (2012).
Materials and Techniques: Plastic on textile.
Size: 155 x 148 cm.
Courtesy of reference[1].


Reference:
[1] H. Lijding, Art Quilts in Nederland, W Books, Amsterdam (2013).