HIGH ON HOOKING

Scoping out Albuquerque’s “other” fiber arts

 

 

Ostinato 1 and 2 by Katie Pasquini Masopust

“Ostinato 1 and 2” by Katie Pasquini Masopust

Since I had to make my monthly Target trip yesterday, I decided to combine it with a fiber arts show I read about in the Albuquerque Journal. Palette Contemporary Art and Craft is currently hosting the exhibit which features “textile paintings” by Katie Pasquini Masopust. One of these pieces to the right ran in the paper inducing me to visit the gallery and see her other pieces.

 

Katie is based north of here in Santa Fe – for now. Apparently, she’s getting ready to move to California. Too bad. As you can see, her quilts – not the kind you’d be putting on your bed! – look like paintings until you get right on top of them.

In this close-up, you can see the stitching that makes this piece a "quilt."

In this close-up, you can see the stitching that makes this piece a “quilt.”

The exhibit describes her work as “textile paintings.” I wouldn’t disagree. Painted pieces of canvas are stitched into the quilt with other fabrics.

"Mercato (Play with Emphasis)" by Katie Pasquini Masopust.

“Mercato (Play with Emphasis)” by Katie Pasquini Masopust.

mmmm

“Big Getty” by Katie Pasquini Masopust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were other items in the gallery. This is a painting I loved by Daniel North. It's called "Enso and the Modernist."

There were other items in the gallery. This is a large painting I loved by Daniel North. It’s called “Enso and the Modernist.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s errands about town involved a visit with my rheumatologist who’s based at UNM Hospital. Imagine my happy surprise when Tom and I entered the clinic and found these on the wall:

Tapestries by Linda Geisen.

Tapestries by Heather Gallegos-Rex.

 

I’d known that there was a tapestry show at the hospital, but I thought that I’d missed it. Certainly, had no idea it was in the clinic I use. (And if Tom had known it was there, I’m sure he wouldn’t have accompanied me to my appointment. Ha!)

Works represented several weavers.

 

Katherine Perkins's tapestry "Sirocco Sky Provence" was stunning.

Katherine Perkins‘s tapestry “Sirocco Sky Provence” was stunning.

"Iris III" by Letitia Roller was incredibly lifelike.

“Iris III” by Letitia Roller was incredibly lifelike and had a sparkly, gold background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series of night scenes from White Sands National Monument by Linda Giesen.

Series of night scenes from White Sands National Monument by Linda Giesen.

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say that Albuquerque’s more than met my expectations regarding textiles and fiber arts. They’re all over the city, and their exposure’s only growing. Saturday afternoon I’m hoping to attend a talk by tapestry weaver Donna Loraine Contractor at a gallery in the city’s Old Town. If you follow my Facebook page, you’ll often see her work. Before that, on Friday, I attend my first meeting of Albuquerque’s Fiber Arts Council as my guild’s representative. Bring on the fiber art fiber art!

Do you go out of your way to see other types of fiber arts? Or maybe you DO other types of fiber arts? Either way, please share with us how textiles other than rug hooking influence your art. That’s a blog for another day.

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2 thoughts on “Scoping out Albuquerque’s “other” fiber arts

  1. Debbie Moyes

    Imagine a hospital having a textile display! What a nice idea. Certianly they all have loooong hallways. Katie PM work keeps evolving. Last time I saw it, it was a bit more realistic. I heard a lecture by her and she arranges her fabrics not by color but by value! Difficult for many quilters who don’t understand value at all. Lovely pictures!

    1. Laura Salamy

      Oh, I’m so happy that you’ve seen her work – and her! – Deb. It was fairly spectacular. I’ll have to keep an eye on her website. I’m still loving those Japanese quilts you have on your blog. Yes, the hospital is a great place for art. Like banks and cafes and other places that people have to congregate.