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Quilt or art? ‘The best of both worlds’

The Story

Any quilt can keep you cozy on a chilly night. But if it's a creation by Winnipeg designer Marilyn Stothers, it can earn a place on the wall as a piece of art, too. Stothers started out making conventional bed quilts, but soon embraced new designs and nonstandard sizes. She's even invented a sewing technique to construct her works of art. In this CBC clip, an art gallery curator says the traditional craft can be a serious art form. 

Medium: Television
Program: CBC News
Broadcast Date: June 23, 1987
Guests: Gary Esser, Marilyn Stothers
Reporter: Robert Enright
Duration: 4:14

Did You know?

• A traditional quilt consists of a layer of warm cotton or wool between two layers of fabric. The bottom layer is typically a single large piece of fabric, while the top layer is design made up of different fabrics pieced together. The three layers are all stitched together in a decorative pattern.
• The quilting technique can also be used on other items, such as place mats or clothing.

• As a fine craft, quilts fall under the same umbrella as fibre arts or textile arts. Textile artists use a variety of techniques such as weaving, screen printing, embroidery, stitching, and fabric painting to produce their work.
• Hooked rugs are another example of textile crafts. See an additional clip in which a rug expert from Prince Edward Island shows many examples of antique rug patterns.

• A quilting bee is a gathering at which numerous quilters gather to produce a quilt together. In rural pioneer communities it was an opportunity for people (usually women) to socialize.



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