SCRAP ART…is coming!

The Museum is planning an exhibition focusing on both historical and contemporary examples of scrap textile art, and we are seeking excellent examples of scrappy quilts and other forms of scrap textile art to be considered for our exhibition.

The exhibition will highlight examples from the Museum collection of historical scrappy quilts as well as document current trends in re-purposing of materials in the textile arts. We reach out to you, our supporters and community, to inquire if there are quilts you would like to share with us for consideration of loan or donation towards this exhibition. Historical pieces, quilts with an eclectic flair, textile art that features wide-ranging combinations of color and materials, and contemporary textile art that transcends the historical trend to include innovative re-purposing of recycled materials are especially desired. Specifically, we are looking for quilts that obviously are using repurposed materials like men’s ties, shirts and suiting or upholstery samples, and/or feedsack materials from the 30s and 40s.

Examples can be submitted a number of ways:

By Email:
An image of the object can be sent by email as a JPEG. Please send an overall and a detail as well as any information on the history or artist. Please include dimensions, date and techniques if this is a contemporary piece. Put Scrap Art in subject of email.

Send email to Deborah Corsini, Curator, or
Joyce Hulbert, Collections,

Bring to the Museum:
We will hold a Call for Scrap Art at the Museum on Tuesday afternoon, April 12, to view and consider objects from the community to possible inclusion in Scrap Art. Please call us (408-971-0323 ext. 20) or send an email to reserve a time to bring in objects from your collection and artwork.

It seems everywhere we look there are textiles being used in new and exciting ways, whether in the interest of recycling or free-wheeling art exploration. At the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, we know this kind of thing has been done for a very long time – and done exceptionally well – by historical quiltmakers as well as cutting-edge textile artists.

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