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San Jose Museum to host expo on folk Indian textiles
Dec '12
The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is pleased to announce its first 2013 exhibitions: Folk Indian Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers and Meditation in Space & Time: Junco Sato Pollack, Sutra Chants Hangings and Stitch by Stitch Mandala.

Folk Indian Textiles pays homage to the handiwork of India and its rich textile traditions. Meditation in Space & Time is a site specific installation that encourages visitors to slow down, be in the present, participate in a stitching practice, and meditate, all in recognition of those who lost their lives in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Both exhibitions open with a press preview on February 17. Folk Indian Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers (a local Santa Cruz, California collector and artist) is comprised of both utilitarian and festive textiles. Included are fifty plus objects from summers’ collection of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century textiles acquired on his various trips to India between 1974 and 2012.

Collected with an artist’s appreciation for the beauty of design and craftsmanship rather than perfection, it features a variety of techniques—patchwork, embroidery, appliqué, tie-dye, block printing, painted cloth, quilted textiles, hand weaving, and sewing.

The exhibit showcases the handiwork and creativity of anonymous craftspeople and highlights the importance of decorative objects to culture. The textiles come from India and Bangladesh and also include examples from Gujarat/ Rajasthan, the Rabari and Banjara peoples, as well as textiles from Muslim communities.

Folk Indian Textiles includes embroidered Kantha cloths (covering or carrying cloths),temple hangings, clothing (shawls, children’s garments, bags, dresses), Phulkari cloths, animal trappings (camel covers and cow decorations), and other adornments.

Viewers of Meditation in Space & Time: Junco Sato Pollack will experience Junco Sato Pollack’s serenely meditative space in our galleries, which will invitevisitors to slow down and to look inward. Pollack’s installations are site specific and site sensitive.

Centered in the gallery is the translucent Sky Cloud series: a group of four large-format, vertical, scroll-like hangings that evoke a kinetic energy. The artist will create a stitched mandala, with audience participation, that will grow throughout the course of the exhibition. The act of creating the stitched mandala, a time-based process of simple repetition of hand stitching, is also a tribute to those who have lost their lives to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, one year ago.

Pollack uses digital imaging, metallic devoreé, shibori, disperse dye, heat compression, dye sublimation processes, as well as thousands of hand stitches to create her subtle and ethereal pieces. Junco Sato Pollack will be artist in residence in the gallery from February 13 – 16, from 11am – 3pm.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

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