Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Caryl Bryer Fallert - Thursday Evening at AQS

I have, of course, heard of Caryl Bryer Fallert before last Thursday evening and had a general impression of artquilts, sweeping motion and bright colors in her quilts, but I had never really spent a lot of time looking at her quilts online. I had even seen a picture of the quilt below, but it was a picture and (as I have said many times) a picture of a quilt and the real quilt are two very different things! Even in the two closeup pictures below the first, it is difficult to really see and appreciate the bird quilted over the woman. And, of course, you are not hearing the artist tell the story behind this quilt. This quilt is a masterpiece (and something of a self portrait which is really brought home if you are sitting in the same room as the artist).

She also brought a few smaller pieces which I also found very impressive (yes, of course they are better in person because the quilting is more evident, but you already knew I felt that way):

And, last of all, the quilt that made me wish for an extra $32,000! Yes, it is for sale and that is the price. 

Why do I like this quilt so much? Well, first of all, it's in some of my favorite colors for quilt art. Secondly, well, look for yourself!

Amazing quilting! And, of course, I am not nearly as graceful or flexible as these figures.

In addition to the amazing eye candy, CBF's lecture was very engaging and made it obvious that this is a very personable and creative woman with a great sense of humor. (One of her slides showed us some flying geese units where she had quilted a goose flying in each one. I'm afraid I don't remember which quilt that was, but I loved it.) I was sitting next to a woman who told me (before the lecture started) that she and her husband had spent the night in the Bryer Patch Studio's bed and breakfast on their way to Mississippi. She said CBF and her friend invited them to join them for dinner and attending an exhibit opening there in Paducah, and they had a delightful evening. 

The moral of this story: Attend any lecture you can that Caryl Breyer Fallert gives. See any of her quilts that you can. And if you have a spare $32,000 around, please send it to me so that I can buy this quilt! ;)