International and local quilters featured at Spencer Museum of Art

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Spencer Museum is displaying two textiles artists’ work in the exhibit “Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji & Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell” on view through May 18.

Yoshiko Jinzenji is a quilter, fabric designer, multilingual book author, and respected teacher with studios in both Japan and Indonesia. She pioneered the use of bamboo dye to create soft shades of white and creams; her use of natural rather than commercial dyes lends her quilts their characteristically spare aesthetic and subtle palette. Jinzenji will lead a public discussion called “Asian Creation — Inspired Design from the East” at 2 p.m Saturday at the museum.

The second featured quilting artist, Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell, creates works of art based on historical and personal research, incorporating symbolic forms, design principles, and agricultural traditions with complex stitchwork. Mitchell will also lead a discussion in conjunction with the exhibition on April 15.