Susan Massini has been a member of Collective Visions, an art quilt group, for three years. She has lived in the Klamath Basin for 7 years, after retiring from Northern California. The group, which has included over the years, Joanne Baeth, Dona Ford, Kathy Adams, Louise Page, Cheryl Carbone, Carol Bowen and Susan, each choose a pattern using a photo, a drawing, or another artist’s work — with their permission — then divide it into 5 parts and distribute the parts to the other members. Each person completes a part and returns it to the originator who puts together the pieces and quilts and finishes it. These are called fractured quilts.
Susan’s first fracture pattern was of a covered bridge. The pattern was from a picture taken by Susan on a family vacation in Vermont. It was taken in early winter and Susan gave instructions that the quilt should show the bridge in autumn. The result is a typical fractured quilt: although the pieces show a complete picture when put together, the background is each member’s interpretation of fall, thus giving the final product a “disjointed”, but pleasing effect.
The second quilt finished by Susan is called Edo Spring. This quilt was inspired by Susan’s love of all things Japanese. Susan provided the pattern and background fabric for a kimono shaped quilt, with the instructions that each person create a Japanese themed scene on their section of the quilt. The left sleeve is a winter into spring scene by Cheryl Carbone; the back is a combined effort by Dona Ford and Joanne Baeth; the bottom is by Louise Page and the right sleeve is by Susan.
This year’s quilt is from a painting done by Susan’s friend, Jennifer Saylor and is named, appropriately Jen’s nest. Susan fell in love with the painting and was given permission to recreate it in fabric by Jen. The techniques on this quilt range from hand dyeing silk, beading, felting, fusing and greatly inspired work to create the actual nest. Each artist also made an egg to put in the nest. The result is a beautiful recreation of the nest that is filled with small treasures.
Do stop by Two Rivers Gallery and view these quilts up close. The detail is fascinating.