To Open Eyes: Quilts by Jaime David

Friday, May 15, 2014 6 - 9pm
Kansas City Textile Studio
924 E. 5th St, KC MO 64106


About the show:

This body of work is inspired by the work of Josef and Anni Albers, a husband and wife duo, of the Bauhaus.  Josef Albers believed that teaching art was not a matter of imparting rules, but of leading students to greater awareness , “to open eyes”, to what they were seeing. Anni wrote about art, “We learn patience and endurance in following through a piece of work. We learn to respect material in working it. Formed things and thoughts live a life of their own; they radiate a meaning.”  Through the medium of the quilt, this work attempts to push the boundaries of what a quilt can be. In addition to being a beautiful and functional object, can it also be tool for teaching and learning? The process of quilt making is a series of precise and committed processes. In creating this work, I chose to  contemplate these ideas, specifically Josef’s Color Theory and Anni’s Work With Material, through the long and detail process of quilting. For me, it was about learning to work with open eyes. The result offers the quilt as the teacher.

About Jaime:

Jaime David is a textile artist pursuing her MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas. Jaime has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University. She was not born into a family of quilters, but somehow discovered a family in quilting. She started sewing in 2004 and hasn’t stopped. In addition to quilting, she enjoys sewing her own clothing. She is a founding member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and an avid Bernina enthusiast. She teaches sewing throughout the KC Metro, including the Bernina Sewing Center and the Kansas City Art Institute continuing education programs. It is her greatest joy to share her love of sewing by teaching others.