Her stunning quilts are showcased at an exhibition called "Lois Smith & Friends" until July 29, 2016. Yes, I know it's coming up so rush over there! As a designer, I have great appreciation for what artists can do with fabrics. I create my own textiles but constantly seek inspiration for new creations. And what better way than to see somebody else's view of the world and how they incorporate it into their own work?
So, let's take a closer look at Smith's quilts. The exhibition has a nice selection. And while they are all imaginative, I would group them into two groups: quilts with identifiable objects, like the beautiful bird one below, and quilts that use abstract shapes to convey Smith's artistic views of composition and color. I was totally mesmerized by the example below. The amount of work that must have gone into creating this large quilt - I cannot even imagine. The quilt is incredibly detailed with hundreds of fabric swatches and precise top-stitching. The workmanship supports the striking scene depicted - the birds in motion with their wings spread out. It's like poetry in textile!