Ruth B. McDowell Selected for Induction
Celebration 2014 — July 17-19
by Karen B. Alexander
July 19, 2014, 6:30pm
As chance would have it, among other influences of the times, it was another Honoree of the Hall of Fame’s work: Ruby Short McKim. After reading McKim’s 101 Patchwork Patterns in 1972, McDowell was particularly intrigued with McKim’s geometric renderings of flowers. She found them “ graphically interesting, botanically recognizable and straightforward to piece with traditional methods.”
Her eye considered rosemary and lavender and even lemon balm. Hmmm, none easily pieced or appliquéd. Then her eye fell on the lowly celandine (Cheliodonium major). (See page 18 of McDowell's book "Art & Inspirations" for a photo of this quilt.)
It would be tempting to say at this point that “the rest is history”, but that robs us of the story of a colorful, creative, artistic life.
"In a 30-year career, as a self supporting professional artist, I have made around 530 quilts."
"There is a unique quality to a pieced quilt, quite different from an appliquéd,
painted quilt, which has to do with the way it is put together….
final quilt a structural integritythat is very different from surface designs." Ruth McDowell
"The many figured fabrics I use add an incredible richness to the surface patterning, as well as connect the quilt to the use of fabrics in other times, places and lives." Ruth McDowell
McDowell, Ruth B. Art & Inspirations. Lafayette, CA. C&T Publishing, 1996
Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Vol. 45, No. 2, April/May 2014 (Issue #439, pg. 24-27)
Fiber Art Now: Fiber Arts & Textile Magazine
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