convergence in cloth
Fiber Art from the Seven Pacific Regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Shifting Tides is presented as a world premier traveling exhibition in collaboration with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
opening reception: Saturday, April 20, 1pm–3pm
presented to coincide with San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles opening at 3pm
closing party and South First Friday art walk: Friday, May 3, 7pm–11pm
special hours for this exhibition:
Wednesday–Friday noon–6pm, Saturday–Sunday noon–4pm
Shifting Tides: convergence in cloth explores the current state of the Pacific Ocean through the eyes of those living in an arc along the western shores of North America to the archipelago of Hawai’i.
The Pacific Ocean is a source of life and livelihood. Yet the threats are growing, challenging perceptions of limitless bounty. Overfishing and global warming endanger not just oceanic life, but the human communities that depend on it. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is larger than Texas. The ocean knows no jurisdictional boundary: solutions demand a convergent effort of communities and governments.
Forty-six SAQA artists from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawai’i and British Columbia use fabric to express their anguish and hope for the Pacific region. Exhibition Juror, Ann Johnston, offers a representative range of mainland and island habitats and issues, as well as an array of design approaches and construction techniques. Some works focus solely on one area of wildlife or human activity, while others integrate issues. Some artists reached for scientific research, while others drew on a personal memory of place or crisis. All deepen our understanding of fabric as an art form.