03 September 2010

Modern Quilting Lecture

The video is live!  Check it out over here: http://vimeo.com/14680699

Here's what the page looks like:

Sexy, no?

Here's the description:
This lecture on modern quilting describes my journey as well as giving the lay of the modern-quilting land. I cover what I see as some key aesthetics of modern quilts, I ponder the appropriateness of the term "modern" as it applies to quilts, and generally get nerdy on a number of topics that relate---in my brain, anyway--to modern quilting.  Among them: wabi sabi, simultaneity, linen clocks, and Bewitched.

Many thanks to Running With Scissors for inviting me to lecture.  Also, to the wonderful audience! Please excuse the soft background noise, it's the building's ventilation system. Also, I'm sorry that I appear in outline most of the time, the priority was on the attendees being able to see me and see the slides; this didn't always read well on the camera.

A note to parents: there is one minor swear word in here, right after I talk about elephants.  You'll know that it's coming.  :)

While in the original keynote presentation, the credits for all photographs were visible, that is not always the case in the video. Thus, to do my due diligence to copyright, allowing anyone who sees the video to follow any of the examples to their originators, you can check out these flickr galleries, which contain the source images:

Please feel free to link to this video from your own sites.

I don't know if it is just finally getting this edited and up, or the fact that it is finally Friday, or the fact that I'm off on a mini-break to see Elle get married (!!!) but I'm very cheerful today!  Yay!


  1. I really appreciated the "nerdy" aspect of your lecture. It had me thinking about Post-modernism and how this all relates. And, after living in Japan for 2 years and experiencing Wabi Sabi first hand, I can totally see the relation here. I catch myself gravitating towards fabrics and/or quilts that are true to seasonal colors or elements of nature. I think that's a very Japanese aesthetic. I could go on...but I probably don't want to process your lecture in such a rough form here. :) Thanks for posting this! I'll share it with my modern quilt guild in Ft Wayne, Indiana.

  2. Thank you for such an enjoyable "lecture." I started quilting 20 years ago but decided it had to many rules so I stopped. Last October I found modern quilting and have been a fan ever since--how awesome is it for you to be a pioneer? The creativity that has been unleashed is amazing and technology keeps everyone on their heels, mesmerized by the aesthetic beauty of modern quilts. What a wonderful, colorful, and inspiring world we live in!

  3. Fantastic and thought-provoking lecture! I was just going to watch a few minutes and save the rest for later, but I was drawn in. What a great way to start my long weekend, much of which I plan to devote to quilt design. I'm glad you referenced traditional quilts, as I was recently looking through the book "Treasury of American Quilts" (published in 1982) which shows some amazing 19th-century quilts that look very 'modern' by many of the same standards you so eloquently articulate in the lecture. I've collected a ton of vintage fabrics and am encouraged by what fresh-looking quilts those women were able to make with the fabrics that were available to them then.

  4. Totally cool! Can't wait to have you on my radio show Rossie!

    What really struck me is how new is a variation... modern bees online are what used to be making 'birthday quilt blocks' 15 yrs ago in the guilds. an update, a twist, but still.. quilters making blocks for another quilter that they really want... providing fabric, the idea, the plan... all the same but.. different!

    love the video and will share it when you are on the show!

  5. I love the way you have provided a structured analysis of Modern Quilts that help us understand what we have been seeing happening around us.

    My personal goal is to train myself to look forward and expand myself so that I'm not making the same quilt over and over. I have to challenge myself to steer away from what is safe and expected, using new colors and processes.

    Thanks so much for the thought-provoking lecture.

    BTW, are you familiar with Amanda Jean of crazymomquilts.blogspot.com? I really enjoy her designs.


  6. I will be setting aside some time this weekend to focus & watch the video of your lecture! I am so happy it was recorded & you are sharing it with people who couldn't physically be there.

  7. Hi Rossie
    I watched your video and found it very inspiring. In fact it converged with some other inspirations I had to spawn my new project. You can view it here if you're interested: http://sewjournal.com/2010/09/06/a-confluence-of-inspirations/
    PS I put a link to your blog post about the video in my post as well.

  8. Thanks, Rossie, for the structure and description of what Mod/Mutant quilting is. I read the Mod Quilt Guild descriptions when they were written and a lot of it seemed very reactionary. I've quilted for almost 20 years and become bored with the expected. Identifying the inspirations of modern quilting were really helpful; most of them have called me over the last 2 years. I just didn't know I was participating in something bigger!

  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to edit and put this video here for us to enjoy. I've been looking forward to it and finally found an opportunity to watch it tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You're amazing!

  10. Wow that was fun! I haven't been to a lecture on anything but plants in a long time.

    It is good to know that I am not the only one who is not so crazy about stippling and matchy designer collections.

  11. Hey Rossie,
    I saw that you stopped by my blog - Thanks! I love having visitors and will be doing some updating really soon! I hope to see you again!
    I can only hope my site is as informative as yours is! I have already subscribed! See you soon!

  12. Just watched your video- a great and intelligent lecture, resonated strongly with me and I guess many many others, thank you- the UK is slowly catching up with this aesthetic

  13. Truly a joy to watch... I only wish I could have seen it in person!

  14. Thank you for sharing the lecture with us! There is a lot of creative interaction in this movement, and it is great to try to see a bigger picture. I am happy to be introduced to the term Wabi-Sabi. Look forward to your radio-appearance with Pat Sloan!


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