Join us Sunday, August 16, for a Special Lecture from Sarah Nishiura

August 9, 2020
The Chicago MQG is delighted to host special guest Sarah Nishiura for a lecture “Looking to the Stars” during our meeting on Sunday, August 16! This lecture is free for members and $10 for guests.
For as long as quilters have been making quilts, they have been filling them with stars. Not only do stars present dazzling design possibilities, they are part of the language that quilters have used to to express their feelings about the universe and their place in it. This lecture will explore the star in quilters’ imaginations, consider the cultural significance of the star, look at various traditional star patterns, and while we’re at it, we will dig into the geometry of stars and think about how to create our own patterns.
In preparation for this lecture, Sarah strongly recommends watching this YouTube video of Faith Ringgold reading her wonderful story Tar Beach.
Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based quiltmaker who utilizes traditional techniques to craft quilts out of recycled and vintage materials. Inspired by numerous textile traditions including 19th and early 20th century American Quilts, Sarah’s work explores and celebrates the infinite possibilities of geometric design. Her quilts have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad including the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Yokohama Quilt Fest in Japan. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and blogs including Martha Stewart Living, Chicago Magazine, and Food and Wine, and they are included in private, corporate, and public art collections throughout the United States. In 2019 Sarah received an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award for Craft.  Sarah has an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a BA in visual arts from Brown University.
More information about Sarah’s studio practice can be found at her website.
This special meeting will be held at our regular time, starting at 2pm, via Zoom. We will begin with general guild announcements, and have time for show and tell towards the end, so bring your latest finishes to share with the group!

All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month’s meeting is on August 16, via Zoom. (Look for a link in our member newsletter, the Full Bobbin.)

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna