For the Love of Gaia

For the Love of Gaia

We are a group of artists who feel our hearts beating to the rhythm of the Earth.
 
As the environment deteriorates due to climate change and global pollution, some may deny or look away, but we are seeking to express the pain in our hearts for what we see is being destroyed and perhaps lost forever. For our families, our communities, the planet Earth and all her inhabitants, we have something to say. We listen to the sacred stories of indigenous people, and we celebrate the beauty of our world.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront innumerable issues, including the ravages of air pollution and climate change. Shelter-in-place orders resulted in an unintended silver lining: the persistent smog lifted in Los Angeles, revealing a clear view of the skyscrapers; the majestic snowcapped Himalaya were visible for the first time in decades; and the Eiffel Tower could be clearly seen from Parisian suburbs. Wildlife could be spotted roaming streets; and it is hoped that the reduced traffic on seas may give oceans a much needed respite. It is not too late. Please look, and think about what you can do to protect Mother Gaia, who sustains us with her ancient wisdom and her powerful presence. We tell our stories visually, and we hope to touch your heart also.

- Luana Rubin, guest curator

About the Guest Curator

About the Guest Curator
About the Guest Curator

Luana Rubin is the president and co-owner of eQuilter.com, an online fabric retailer in Boulder Colorado. Two-percent of all eQuilter sales go to charities focused on the environment and human rights, and they have raised $1.7 million over 20 years. Rubin has worked as a designer in the textile, garment, and quilt industries since 1980. She is a chairholder for the international trend forecasting organization, the Color Marketing Group. Luana is also a photographer and world traveler, documenting both wildlife and quilt festivals in 49 countries, so far.

Artist Biographies

Artist Biographies
Artist Biographies

Betty Busby
Betty Busby continued her childhood obsession with craft by earning a degree in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She founded and operated a successful ceramic tile manufacturing firm in Los Angeles, which she sold in 1994. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and changed her focus to fiber and mixed media art. Busby is a published fiber artist and teacher, and maintains a busy exhibition schedule nationally and internationally.

Hollis Chatelain
Hollis Chatelain, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist specializing in textile painting. She has an educational background in design and photography, 12-years’ experience working with humanitarian organizations in West Africa, and over 35-years’ experience as a professional artist. Her work addresses challenging social and environmental themes.

Sheila Frampton Cooper
From Los Angeles, Sheila Frampton Cooper did creative work in painting, jewelry-making, and architectural photography before she began working with quilts. She often draws creative energy in working without patterns or sketches. Her inspiration flows from the natural environment—particularly the ocean—and her own imaginations. Frampton Cooper leads workshops internationally on techniques used in her improvisationally-pieced artworks. She has exhibited her work in the United States, France, Italy, England, China, and Japan.

Susan de Vanny
Susan de Vanny is a multi-media artist from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia who has worked in landscape and portraiture painting, fine photography, and fashion. She currently combines painting and design training with self-taught techniques to create elaborate, stitched textile art. Her award-winning art has been exhibited in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Dubai.

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is an award-winning fine-art quilter, whose work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, collections, and publications. Her honors include inclusion in The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts and selection to the thirty most influential quiltmakers in the world. Fallert-Gentry has lectured and taught in eleven countries around the world.

Ihor Gawdan
Ihor Gawdan lives in Ontario, Canada and began quiltmaking classes a few years ago. Already a wood crafter who built his own home influenced by the fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkein, he soon departed from the straight grid of quilts and incorporated fabrics and impressions from his travels to Africa and the Outback of Australia. His quilts employ collage techniques to form representations of places and their history.

Galla Grotto
Galla Grotto was born in Tver, Russia and currently lives in Creuse, France. Parallel to her work in interior and exterior design, journalism, television and fashion, she has pursued painting, graphics, collage, textiles, and decoration. Her work is driven by the pleasure and process of creativity.

Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes lives in Maidstone, Kent, UK and tutors at West Dean College. She combines reclaimed fabric and paper and found materials in her layered and stitched art. Holmes has studied in Japan and India and she exhibits her work internationally. She is author of several books for Batsford; her most recent is Textile Landscape.

Katalin Horvath
Katalin Horvath of Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, taught biology and chemistry to public school students, while carrying on a craft practice. Taught as a child in Hungary to crochet, knit, embroider, and weave by her grandmother, it was not until 20-years ago she discovered patchwork. Her enthusiasm for nature and its symmetry, shapes, colors and healing powers inspire her textile work.

MJ Kinman
After 25 years in the business and non-profit sector, in 2014 MJ Kinman began a full-time creative career. Noted for developing techniques to create large-scale, painted and quilted renderings of gemstones, Kinman’s award-winning art has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and national juried competitions and resides in private and corporate collections.

Susan Brubaker Knapp
Susan Brubaker Knapp is a fiber artist, designer, author, and teacher living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Knapp begins with photographs and, working with fabric, thread, the techniques of wholecloth painting and fused appliqué, creates works in a realistic style.

Shizuko Kuroha
Born in Japan, Shizuko Kuroha lived in the United States for two years in the late 1970s. There she saw an antique quilt and immediately purchased materials to make a quilt of her own. She is known for combining traditional Japanese indigo and sarasa fabrics and manipulation of Log Cabin and mosaic patterns. She has operated a quilt school in Japan for more than 40 years, has students from around the world, and has published several books.

Kathy Nida
Kathy Nida is a middle-school science teacher in El Cajon, California. She is also a printmaker, quilt artist, and embroiderer. Her current work originates in dreams, a range of memories, and images of women. Nida translates these sources into narrative artworks combining fabric, beads, embroidery, paint, and ink.  

Luana Rubin
Luana Rubin is the president and co-owner of eQuilter.com, an online fabric retailer in Boulder Colorado. Two-percent of all eQuilter sales go to charities focused on the environment and human rights, and they have raised $1.7 million over 20 years. Rubin has worked as a designer in the textile, garment, and quilt industries since 1980. She is a chairholder for the international trend forecasting organization, the Color Marketing Group.

Works in the Exhibition

Works in the Exhibition

Betty Busby
Fire in the Sky
2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cotton; dyed, discharged, machine stitched
Collection of the artist

Ihor Gawdan
Australia Songline
2017
Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada
Cotton; machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted
Collection of the artist

Katalin Horvath
Mother Earth is Our Home
2014
Hungary
Cotton; appliquéd and quilted
Collection of the artist

Luana Rubin
Rocky Mountain Poison
2016
Boulder, Colorado
Cotton; fused, appliquéd, quilted
Gift of Luana Rubin, IQM 2020.007.0001

Susan Brubaker Knapp
Bald Head Island Marsh, After the Storm
2018
Mooresville, North Carolina
Cotton; inked, appliquéd, machine quilted
Collection of the artist

Cas Holmes
The Downs: Wind Torn
2019
Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
Found materials, cotton, linen; painted, dyed, printed, hand and machine stitched
Collection of the artist

Susan de Vanny
She Matters: Rwandan Mountain Gorilla
2018
Melbourne, Australia
Cotton, rayon, metallic thread; dyed, collaged, quilted, painted
Collection of the artist

Galla Grotto
Mother Earth
Boussac, France
Cotton; pieced, appliquéd
Collection of Luana Rubin

Kathy Nida
You Pollute Me
2017
El Cajon, California
Cotton; dyed, fused, machine stitched and quilted, inked, embroidered
Collection of the artist

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
J Pod
2020
Port Townsend, Washington
Cotton; digitally printed; machine quilted
Collection of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Hollis Chatelain
Disappearing Treasures
2020
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Cotton; painted, machine quilted
Collection of the artist

Sheila Frampton Cooper
Am I the Last...?
2018
Martigues, France
Cotton; dye painted, machine embroidered and quilted
Collection of the artist

MJ Kinman
Eclipse 2020
2020
Louisville, Kentucky
Cotton; hand painted, pieced, machine quilted
Collection of the artist

Shizuko Kuroha
Wish for the Beautiful Earth
2001
Tokyo, Japan
Cotton; hand pieced and quilted
Private Collection

Works in the Exhibition

Panel Discussion Featuring the Artists

Panel Discussion Featuring the Artists
Panel Discussion Featuring the Artists

Virtual Gallery Tour

Virtual Gallery Tour
Virtual Gallery Tour
Support for this exhibition has been provided by eQuilter.com, the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Friends of the International Quilt Museum, and by contributions from visitors like you. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this exhibition through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov for more information.
Event Date
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Wednesday, November 25, 2020