The Paper Quilt Project
Exhibition & Public Programs at the Berkeley Art Center
October 15 – December 4, 2011
The Paper Quilt Project was an exhibition and artist collaboration curated by Lena Wolff at the Berkeley Art Center in 2011. The show brought contemporary artists together to work on a project linked to traditional American craft. For the collaboration, artists were set up in teams to make work that references quilts, thematically rooted in the idea of interdependence and inter-connectivity, incorporating ideas of community, human or ecological relationships.
Offering a platform for expression that combined socializing and storytelling, the process of making quilts historically provided an opportunity for the everyday person, and women in particular, to make political, social, spiritual and visionary creations. This project revived the social and participatory nature of quilt making among contemporary artists who might normally work alone to join forces in a shared experience. The theme of interconnectivity that the works were based upon related directly to the practice the artists engaged in with their collaborations.
Some of the participants in the project include celebrated paper cut artist and children’s book illustrator, Nikki McClure, artist and feminist icon Tammy Rae Carland, sculptor and social practice artist Allison Smith and quilt historian Roderick Kiracofe, among a host of artists from around the country and the UK. Each team set about the project as an experiment and the collaborations took place through a combination of personal interactions, resulting in roughly 15 large-scale works on paper in addition to a scattering of installations. The work was exhibited along with a catalog and public workshops at the Berkeley Art Center (BAC) in the fall of 2011.
Tammy Rae Carland
C. Ryder Cooley
Miriam Klein Stahl
Kathryn Van Dyke