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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, on 9 November 2015, by , 0 Comments


In the gallery you will see, through December 17, 2015, art quilts based on the spice trade. Called “Along the Spice Route,” this exhibit of 35 quilts is rich in color and imagery. Many spices including well known cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are represented with others maybe not so familiar’ “asafoetida,” “amchur powder,” and “ajwain.” To conjure an image that speaks to a spice is the beauty of how each art quilt came to be. There may be several representations of a specific spice in the exhibit, but no two quilts are alike. The compositions each, are appropriate in size and scale and masterfully executed.

With humankind came quilting, noted as early as 3400 B.C. and spices and space trade, as early as 2000 B.C., from China along the spice route to the Middle East. Quilting also traveled from the Middle East to Europe, believed to be around the 11th century. Hopefully, we all remember quilts as part of early America, revered now for their great artistry, they still functioned only as utilitarian. The “art quilt” happened in the 1960’s with nontraditional quilting techniques – think beading and application of many types of materials -- and for wall display!  When you visit the art quilts enjoy the moment.


"Tanzanian Cardamon", by Peg Green



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