Cindy and I had the absolute thrill of meeting one of our favorite bloggers face-to-face on August 17 when we visited Tierney from tierneycreates.com at the Fitton Center in Cincinnati, Ohio! One of Tierney’s quilts was selected to be part of a quilt show called Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow. A selection of 30 art quilts, created by members of the international Women of Color Quilters Network and Friends are inspired by the 30 Articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The quilt show was part of the 25th anniversary opening for the Fitton Center.
Cindy and I arrived at the opening event in time to listen to a panel discussion from the quilt artists that was being moderated by Dr. Mazloomi, the curator of the show. It was fascinating. Dr. Mazloomi was mesmerizing. After the panel was completed we were able to meet Tierney briefly (she recognized us from our bio pics — it made us feel special!). After a brief “seniors” tap dance showcase and a snack or two, we met back up with Tierney while she greeted visitors and discussed her quilt with other patrons. Because of all of her duties, we couldn’t talk too long, but we were ecstatic to meet her and awed by her talent.
The quilts in the show are thought-provoking. I am fascinated by art quilts and the ability of some quilters to create fabric art that reflects their emotions, thoughts and experiences so thoroughly.
I hope that you will get an opportunity to see the quilt show in the future. I love quilts, but this was the first time a quilt (in fact several) brought me to tears.
Here is Tierney’s blog series about the show.