Ground breaking quilt artist Michael James has worked in the medium of fabric constructions since the mid-1970s. He holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and an M.F.A. degree from Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. After twenty years on the faculty of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he retired in early 2020 as Professor Emeritus and Chair Emeritus. He continues to maintain a studio and textile practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. These fabrics, designed by James in 2004, are part of the Geometrics line for Free Spirit Fabrics and feature his signature color interplays set in a dynamic format. James's innovative quilts reveal his lifelong fascination with color and form, elements that he uses to explore the liminal and fluid borderland between the physical and metaphysical worlds.
Texas Quilt Museum Curator Sandra Sider has been a studio quilt artist since the 1980s. She holds an MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has led critique workshops for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) since 2005, and between 2010 and 2013, Sider served as president of SAQA. Today she is editor of SAQA’s Art Quilt Quarterly. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning contemporary quilt art. Click on the white triangles to hear Sandra talk more about the collection!
Although she has had many different careers in her life, Australian fabric artist Denise Burkitt has always been devoted to her passion: sharing her love of hand painting on fabric. As a designer, Denise feels she has truly fulfilled her life’s quest to paint and share her organic, large scale and colorful designs. “I have always enjoyed dabbling with paint on fabric. I love the unexpected effects and feel stimulated by creating color combinations.”
For over 40 years, Japanese quilt artist Keiko Goke has created spectacular contemporary art quilts. A self taught quilter, Goke has “enjoyed my relationship with patchwork and quilting because fabrics are like paints to me, and designing patchwork makes me feel like I am painting my own picture.” Goke’s exceptional use of color comes naturally to her, making each of her pieces colorfully unique.