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MEDIUMS: Quiltmaking SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique ✔ Business
After years of studying, copying and imitating quilts of the 19th century so as to learn the techniques and the ways of creativity they exemplify, I began working in my own abstract style. My techniques range from the hand sewing of the past to the computerized quilting of today, whatever the project requires. My goal is to make quilts that can stand alongside the quilted masterworks of the 19th century, yet can represent life in the 21st century. My quilts are large, abstract compositions, freely pieced and appliqued without patterns, designed to express a wide range of human experience.
Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.
Specialty: ✔ Technique ✔ Business
Colour and Composition
Providing Art Critiques
Teaching How to Self Critique
Hand Quilting Specialist
Shows and Exhibits
Running Your Business the Day-to-Day
“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.” ~ Deb, Emerging Artist
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Next session: March 20, 2024
On the 3rd Wednesday of every month 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT Wed
Joe Cunningham has been a professional quilt artist since 1979. He has written essays on the subject for museum catalogues, books and magazines. His book, “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking” was the first book on its subject. In 2004 he received a $30,000 Shulte Grant from the Fort Mason Foundation. In 2009 he received a grant to study with the Gees Bend quilters in Alabama. In 2010 he was artist in residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, which purchased one of his quilts for its permanent collection. Joe travels throughout the country and internationally to give lectures and workshops on quiltmaking. His ten books on quiltmakinginclude the first biography of a living quilter, the first book on men who make quilts (“Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,”) and a definitive book on marking quilts for quilting called “Quilting with Style,” published by AQS. He has been seen on the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Craft in America, the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson,” as well as“The Quilt Show” with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, and others. Cunningham has performed his musical quilt show, “Joe the Quilter,” for guilds and theaters nationwide.His latest book is “Joe Cunningham Quilts,” a collection of his quilts from the last 15 years.
Joe Cunningham has been invited to give lectures in museums and colleges including the DeYoung Museum, University of Michigan, the Chicago Art Institute, the Shelburne Museum, and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, The National Quilt Museum and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and others.