The first time I saw the work of Michael James, it was at the International Quilt Museum right here in Lincoln, Nebraska. James, a leader in the art quilt movement in the 1970s, was a featured artist at the Quilt Museum at that time. To simply call a piece of James’s work a quilt doesn’t seem to be enough. These pieces (the ones I saw were large-scale) are complex compositions of color, pattern, digital imagery, and texture; all in textile form. If you get an opportunity to see it in person (currently at Modern Arts Midtown), you should.
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