|North Rim, Michael James, 2022
Wow! It's been a while since I did a "Facts You didn't know" post. I love doing these since it gives me a good reason to take a minute and research some of my favorite artists. This week I choose Michael James. Now most of us know him, but how well??
Like did you know...
- In 1973, James was months from receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in painting when he stopped cold to take up work in work in fabric. Can you imagine how THAT went over with his friends
and family? He felt that he had "nothing to say in painting" but was inspired from seeing an exhibition of Amish quilts. It put him to mind that quilts could be more than blankets for your bed. Not to mention he was brought up around the dying textile industry of Massachutes.
- James was married 43 years before his wife died of complications of Alzheimer's. From this painful experience, he created a body of work, “Ambiguity & Enigma,"
- James was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame (okay raise your hand if didn't even know there was a Quilter's Hall of Fame (grin)) and has a quilt in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian (here is my plug to put the Renwick on your Bucket list if you haven't ever been there). His work also resides in the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the Racine Art Museum, the Newark Museum, the Mint Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Shelburne Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art to name a few.