“How New is Modern?” Broken Dishes

Mountain Logo: The Reverse Side of DMMQG's "Twisted Sisters" Quilt
Mountain Logo: The Reverse Side of DMMQG’s “Twisted Sisters” Quilt

Exciting News! The online catalog for our guild’s “How New is Modern?” exhibition is now on display at our How New is Modern? Show Website.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our guild’s nationally-recognized show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. It truly was an outstanding display of artistry, as the online catalog illustrates so well.

Thank you also to current president Erin Amos and former president Shelby Skumanich–Shelby photographed all of the quilts for the catalog, and Erin and Shelby created the show catalog website.

The “How New is Modern?” show was inspired by a group of antique inspiration quilts, including this stunning “Broken Dishes” quilt from the 1880’s. Each participant in the show took inspiration from one or more of the vintage quilts, bringing modern approaches to traditional designs.

1880s Broken Dishes Quilt
1880’s Broken Dishes Quilt

For Artist Statements and photographs of every show quilt, be sure to check out the show catalog. But to whet our appetites, here are just a few of the exquisite modern works inspired by the “Broken Dishes” pattern. All photos by Shelby Skumanich.

Amy Wade: Broken Dreams 1.0
Amy Wade: Broken Dreams 1.0

Guild co-founder Amy Wade really played with scale in “Broken Dreams 1.0,” her modern adaptation of the broken dishes pattern. She found inspiration in vintage “flow blue” china dishes, which are not the kind you want to break! Click here for more about Amy’s quilt.

Donna Ferber: Breaking Dishes
Donna Ferber Breaking Dishes

Have you ever broken dishes on purpose? The story behind Donna Ferber’s imaginative “Breaking Dishes” can be found here. (We love those bold circular fragments!)

Lauren Lang: The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You
Lauren Lang: The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

Lauren Lang drew upon the concept of Kintsugi–the Japanese technique for repairing broken ceramics with gold–in this striking quilt, titled “The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You.” Find out more about Lauren’s quilt here.

In our next post, we’ll showcase even more quilts from the Catalog, this time focusing on the well-known “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” pattern.