The Quilting Bee/Artist Salon Project
The idea for the project is modeled on traditional quilting bees in which women brought fabric scraps to each other’s homes and assembled the scraps into quilts. They worked side by side creating functional objects of great beauty. This is no longer a common practice in our culture; in fact, there are few opportunities for side by side making. Working with our hands in the presence of others is a condition that creates intimacy and a feeling of comfort, even amongst strangers. The level of engagement and enthusiasm of participants in the salons surprised me and confirmed my idea that there is value in creating opportunities to make in the context of community. I am very grateful for the artists who donated work, for the many people who came to help stitch and for the organizations that hosted the events and the exhibition.
Mary Bergs is a Minneapolis artist who works with found materials and objects, combining them into installations, collage, and community based art projects. Bergs works with objects that have been discarded or devalued, through careful selection and arrangement she examines the poetic nature of the material world and the beauty found in everyday experience. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the Midwest. Her work is included in the artist registry of the Drawing Center in New York. She is a recipient of a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, Jerome Travel Study Grant and a MSAB Artist Opportunity grant.