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Monday, March 5, 2012

Come see "Stitched", the film, at Visions Art Museum

You are invited to a premiere showing of "Stitched", at Visions Art Museum, in San Diego, Ca. on March 24th.  This is a wonderful video, that I hope all quilters and mixed-media artists have a chance to see.  And, what a better place to view it than at Visions Art Museum.  Attenedees will also have a chance to chat with the film's director, after the viewing of the video.  

If you are coming from out of the area, San Diego offers a wonderful climate, with many quilt shops and nearby attractions for the entire family.  The Homewood Suites by Hilton is also an excellent neearby hotel that offers a nice breakfast and dinner, all at a very reasonable price.


PRESS RELEASE:

QUILT STARS GET READY FOR THEIR CLOSE-UP IN STITCHED

SAN DIEGO – Quilting superheros and superstars share the screen in Stitched, an entertaining film that follows three quilters who stirred up controversy with their work. 

In Stitched, director Jenalia Moreno follows renowned quilters—Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert and Randall Cook—as they prepare their work for the 2010 competition, known as one of the most prestigious in the field. 

A former Houston Chronicle reporter, Moreno was intrigued by the quilting world after attending her first International Quilt Festival in Houston. The festival fills an area equal to 11 football fields to offer the largest quilting event in the U.S. 

Quilting stands as one of the most popular crafts in the nation—with more than 21 million quilt makers in the U.S. —ranging from hobbyists to textiles artists whose work hangs on gallery walls. Throughout the centuries, American quilt makers maintained the purity of their hobby by way of relatively simple rules: careful assembly by hand, an even balance of color, and a delicate layering of soft material. 

However, with an explosion of interest in traditional American crafts starting in the 1960s, quilt making witnessed a dynamic evolution of forms. While colonial flags and family trees once dominated the quilting world, some works incorporate paint, photography, and themes as varied as world hunger and the effects of global warming. 

Stitched explores the contemporary quilting scene through the experiences of innovators who push the art form into new terrain. 

“There’s this idea that it’s kind of like cheating to paint a quilt,” explains Chatelain, a controversial award-winner whose painted quilts won best of show at the Houston festival in both 2004 and 2007. One of the film’s three central figures, Chatelain is known as one of the quilting scene’s “superstar” instructors, passing down a new tradition of quilt making that opens the field to techniques drawn from the fine arts.
Fallert, another star of Stitched, is widely recognized as the first quilter to win a major award with a machine-made quilt. Once a mentor to Chatelain, Fallert runs a renowned studio and workshop in Paducah, KY that encourages quilters to develop his or her own personal style rather than simply follow quilting tradition. 
A former mentee of Chatelain, Cook sparked controversy at the International Quilt Festival with his quilted depictions of male nudes. In spite of the respect he garnered in recent years, Cook has yet to secure a best in show prize. He is also featured in a Stretching for Quilters exercise program produced by Moreno. 
See why Stitched is garnering rave reviews from quilters and non-quilters. The film was accepted in six film festivals. It won audience favorite awards in two film festivals. And Director of Photography Tom Gandy was nominated for a cinematography award in the Charlotte Film Festival. After the film, ask Moreno and Gandy questions about quilting and the filmmaking process. 
WHAT: Stitched, San Diego premiere followed by a Q&A with the director and director of photography
WHERE: 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: 619-546-4872
WHEN: Saturday, March 24 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Film is 72-minutes long)
COST: $10
DVDs available for purchase after the screening

To schedule a special viewing of Stitched, contact:

Contact: Jena Moreno
(832)474-1214

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5 comments:

Barb said...

Thanks so much for sharing this...you are just a wealth of information!!

Martha said...

Sounds like a fabulous film, would love to see it in that setting!! But I live a little too far away :^) Thanks for your help with my blot, I appreciate it tons!! ( http://quilttotheedge.blogspot.com/ test)

Melinda Cornish said...

wow! that would be a cool thing to see......

Jean said...

I *LOVED* this film! the guild I'm joining had a screening on Thursday. It's a great film. Seriously you will laugh and cry... I love how it portrays the PASSION these artists have for quilting. It's also good to hear about how the three artists developed their creative voices.

Doreen said...

Thanks so much for sharing the info. Hope to purchase the DVD for viewing in this area.