Fiber Visions is a group of 20 like-minded souls who share a love of fabric, art quilting and the creative process. Our mission is to go beyond traditional quilting structures and experiment with different media to express our inspirations and creativity. Formed 10 years ago, we meet monthly, and our gatherings include sharing of art quilt events, technique demos, plans for challenges, critiques, and show and tell. Members come to quilting from clothing and home furnishings backgrounds, from formal art training or are self-taught. Some use fabric surface design or more traditional techniques to express themselves in fabric. Some teach locally and contribute to ecclesiastical work. Collectively, we have exhibited our work at Quilters Unlimited shows and participated in various juried or curated projects.
This exhibit includes a “Whisper Challenge” as well as other work by members of the group. A Whisper Challenge is like a childhood game of telephone, adapted to quilts. The initiator chooses a photo and uses it for inspiration to make a quilt. The quilt is passed on to the next person, who is inspired to interpret that quilt and then passes it on. Each participant sees only the previous quilt. When the entire series is revealed for the first time, members see how their work inspired others and how that inspiration was interpreted. The quilts in this exhibit represent the work of 10 different group members in response to our third Whisper Challenge, completed in November 2020. As each piece is viewed in succession, the influence of color, shape and line become apparent. On another level a sense of safety, home, comfort, shelter, warmth, cold and changing seasons is conveyed using a variety of techniques. The result of a Whisper Challenge is amazing in that even though each participant is limited to seeing only one quilt in the series, the end product reveals a cohesive collection.
Additional quilts in the exhibit were submitted by the members to illustrate their individual styles and inspirations yet form a cohesive group. Most are reflective of the natural world.