San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Celebrating the art, creators, craft, and history of quilts and textiles. SJMQT is a nexus for fiber artists, art lovers, collectors, quilters, and crafters who share a passion for fiber art and a deep commitment to its preservation and evolution.
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Have you seen "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words" yet? The online screening is now exclusively available though SJMQT! Y...
09/10/2020

Have you seen "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words" yet? The online screening is now exclusively available though SJMQT! Your rental supports the Museum in a big way.

Few names in fashion are as respected as Martin Margiela. For the first time, the iconic designer opens up about his life, work & legacy. Watch at home now via @OscopeLabs! Click the link in our bio to start your screening.

You can also learn more about the film at margiela.oscilloscope.net #MargielaFilm

This September 16, 2020 is #AskACurator Day! SJMQT Exhibitions Curator Amy DiPlacido will be available to answer your qu...
09/09/2020

This September 16, 2020 is #AskACurator Day! SJMQT Exhibitions Curator Amy DiPlacido will be available to answer your questions about the history, care and conservation of quilts and textiles, or anything related to the goings on as a curator at SJMQT! Now is your chance to find out more about that family quilt and how to care for it! All you need to do is tag @SJMQT with #AskACurator to ask your questions on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

A reminder that SAQA's annual Benefit Auction will take place online starting THIS WEEK, from September 11 through Octob...
09/08/2020

A reminder that SAQA's annual Benefit Auction will take place online starting THIS WEEK, from September 11 through October 4, 2020. With almost 500 pieces of beautiful artwork available for bidding, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

All proceeds help support SAQA's exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them. For more details, visit www.saqa.com/auction.

NATIONAL SEWING MONTH Sewing 👏 is 👏 for👏 everyone! Featuring artist James Gobel @jamesgobel To celebrate the art of sewi...
09/07/2020

NATIONAL SEWING MONTH

Sewing 👏 is 👏 for👏 everyone! Featuring artist James Gobel @jamesgobel

To celebrate the art of sewing, we are putting together artist spotlights, a Deeds not Words Textile Talk, technique explorations, workshops, and an at-home Bio Fiber craft for artists of all ages. Sewing is an art form that all can do and enjoy!

Sewing has an ancient history thought to date back to the Paleolithic era. Archaeologists have discovered sewing needles with eyes dating back as far back to 17,500 BCE. Sewing originally was used to stitch together animal hides for clothing and shelter. From the Inuit people, indigenous peoples of the American Plains, Zulu weavers, to individuals in the Middle East, the history of sewing is long and from around the world.

Sewing has enabled humans to adapt to new environments, express themselves through clothing, and grow as individuals and communities.

Today, sewing is a vibrant art form. Keep an eye out for our upcoming exhibition Queer Threads scheduled for 2021.

Do you love sewing as much as we do?

James Gobel, “Jeffry the Tailor” 2003, 47 x 57 in. Felt and acrylic on canvas.

#nationalsewingmonth #sewing #contemporarysewing #queerthreads #sewingmonth #artistfeature #bayareamuseum #museumfromhome #fiberart #ancientsewing #historyofsewing #freshmondays #sew #bayareasewing #queerartists #contemporaryqueerartists #LGBQITA

It’s National Sewing Month, so get out your needle and thread and make some cute pocket pal toys!This simple toy sewing ...
09/04/2020

It’s National Sewing Month, so get out your needle and thread and make some cute pocket pal toys!

This simple toy sewing project is perfect for non-sewing adults and children to learn new skills while creating a soft comforting companion. It involves non-fraying felt (the perfect fabric for beginners) and a few stitches that you will learn in no time with a little practice. Happy sewing!

sjquiltmuseum.org/makerspace-blog/national-sewing-month

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Presents: "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words"Few names in fashion are as respected ...
09/03/2020

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Presents: "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words"

Few names in fashion are as respected as Martin Margiela. For the first time, the iconic designer opens up about his life, work & legacy. Watch from home via @OscopeLabs! Your rental helps out small businesses like SJMQT!

Start watching:
ow.ly/suWE50BbkbU

Learn more about the film at margiela.oscilloscope.net #MargielaFilm

Workshop Alert! GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER: A Basic Game Plan for Your Artist CareerSunday, October 4, 20203:00 PM - 5:00 PM...
09/01/2020

Workshop Alert! GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER:
A Basic Game Plan for Your Artist Career
Sunday, October 4, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$25 Members/$35 for Non-Members

Gain insight to jump-start your artist career & create a strategic plan, learn about creating a cohesive body of work, titling your work, creating a pricing structure, framing, writing an artist statement, designing your website, building your exhibit history, approaching art galleries, and promoting your events. Presented by Stephen C. Wagner, professional artist, gallerist, & educator. Learn more and register here: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/events/get-your-sht-together

SAQA's (@saqaart) annual Benefit Auction will take place online from September 11 through October 4, 2020. With almost 5...
09/01/2020

SAQA's (@saqaart) annual Benefit Auction will take place online from September 11 through October 4, 2020. With almost 500 pieces of beautiful artwork available for bidding, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

All proceeds help support SAQA's exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them. For more details, visit www.saqa.com/auction

Our hearts are heavy, as we watch the devastation of the Northern California wildfires. We are grateful for all the brav...
08/31/2020

Our hearts are heavy, as we watch the devastation of the Northern California wildfires. We are grateful for all the brave firefighters for their tireless efforts; we mourn with those who have lost their homes and hope for the evacuees, a quick and safe return. Pictured here is a detail of quilt that was most likely lost in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park fires, created by the #PVQA (Pajaro Valley Quilt Association) for the 2002 Centennial.

Thank you to all who have reached out to the museum in concern. If you would like to help those in need, check out our link (in bio) for donation resources.

08/29/2020
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Presents: "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words" TRAILER

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Presents: "Martin Margiela: In His Own Words"

Watch the trailer below!

Few names in fashion are as respected as Martin Margiela. For the first time, the iconic designer opens up about his life, work & legacy. Watch from home via Oscilloscope Labororatories! Your rental helps out small businesses like SJMQT!

Start watching:
ow.ly/suWE50BbkbU

Learn more about the film at margiela.oscilloscope.net #MargielaFilm

“I started taking art classes, mostly taught by artists who had become quiltmakers,” Maxine Farkas, an artist who specia...
08/28/2020

“I started taking art classes, mostly taught by artists who had become quiltmakers,” Maxine Farkas, an artist who specializes in mixed media says. “I made art quilts for a while, and I found that my best ones were landscape quilts … one of which is in the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. In the making of art quilts, I had to learn to dye my own fabric, then print on it, the paint it … and gradually I went from making quilts to making paintings — abstract landscapes to be exact.”

Farkas’ landscape quilt is 1 of 87 pieces from the Marbaum Collection that SJMQT received in 2017.

Read the full article here:
https://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/2020/08/20/art-speaks-truth-to-the-soul-and-thats-what-western-avenue-studios-has-been-doing-for-15-years/

(Image:
I Have No Idea, 1998
Linen, Cotton
Hand stitched, hand dyed, applique)

Sue Weil wraps up our Artist interviews on CA-based artists who were accepted into American Tapestry Biennial 13. The ex...
08/26/2020

Sue Weil wraps up our Artist interviews on CA-based artists who were accepted into American Tapestry Biennial 13. The exhibition was originally scheduled for Fall 2020 and will be postponed to July 2021. Sue was in the American Tapestry Biennial 11 at SJMQT and will also be in the upcoming exhibition MORE IMPACT: Climate Change in 2021.

What drew you to the fiber art medium over others?
-- When I was a very young child, my mother taught me to knit and crochet. I was fascinated with the ability to make something from nothing. Over the years, I also learned weaving; first making potholders using stretch loops on a peg loom, then I learned the backstrap principle of weaving on a popsicle stick loom. Next I experimented on a frame loom, and finally began weaving on a floor loom. Once I turned to tapestry, I continued working on my floor loom – it was a method comfortable to my practice as well as my design sense. Working with yarn seemed to be hardwired into my being. From the early days, I was drawn to the simplicity involved in working with yarn; it was a warm and welcoming medium, easy to transport and inviting to wear and to adorn my surroundings.

Read the full interview:
www.sjquiltmuseum.org/blog/sue-weil

Tomorrow! Join us on Zoom— 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee, presented by Surface Design AssociationWednesda...
08/25/2020

Tomorrow! Join us on Zoom— 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee, presented by Surface Design Association

Wednesday, August 26
11AM Pacific / 2PM Eastern

Join project founder, Jennifer Kim Sohn (@25millionstitches), with guests Elaine Archibald and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner as they share a snapshot of refugee issues, the process of undertaking this project, and stories about the communities of participants. Begun in May 2019, 25 Million Stitches draws attention to the plight of 25 million global refugees. The stitches visually represent the number of people in the world today who are a refugee from their homeland. Two thousand fabric panels were hand-embroidered by over 2,100 people from all across the globe, with each stitch representing one refugee. Juxtaposing textile media, which evoke feelings of familiarity and belonging, with the hardships of stateless refugees, the installation creates an interactive experience that allows visitors to feel the enormity of the situation. It also seeks to emphasize that each refugee is a unique individual human being. The original goal of 25 Million Stitches has already been reached. Panels will be on display in museum settings starting in Sacramento in June 2021.

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l7Js2T_lQymbXtlLl8pwZg

Suffrage Craft!Did you know the Suffrage Movement used special colors to signify their message? Learn how to make your o...
08/22/2020

Suffrage Craft!

Did you know the Suffrage Movement used special colors to signify their message? Learn how to make your own suffrage pin using purple, gold & white tissue paper. As you work on this craft with your family & virtual friends, have a discussion about the suffrage movement. Why was it important for women to be able to vote? Were there any women left out of this process? Did you know that for women of color, the 1920 victory did not guarantee voting rights. Despite their fervent participation in the suffrage act, their voting rights were secured only with the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Discuss, craft and learn!

To get started, visit:
sjquiltmuseum.org/makerspace-blog/suffrage

Montalvo Arts Center’s multi-site public exhibition “lone some” appears throughout the Bay Area. Be sure to check out on...
08/20/2020

Montalvo Arts Center’s multi-site public exhibition “lone some” appears throughout the Bay Area. Be sure to check out one of the site-specific installations “Hear, There and Everywhere” by Modesto Covarrubias in our SJMQT lobby (from outside, of course) before it leaves!

Montalvo transforms traditional advertising and commerce medium spaces into catalysts for conversation and connection. Seeking to inspire and provoke questions about what it means to experience loneliness, local and national artists and poets were commissioned to create works for presentation on billboards, bus shelters, and more in the East Bay, San Francisco, and the South Bay.

Today is worth celebrating! On this day, in 1920, the decades-long, nationwide struggle ended in Nashville, when the Ten...
08/18/2020

Today is worth celebrating! On this day, in 1920, the decades-long, nationwide struggle ended in Nashville, when the Tennessee House approved – by a single vote – ratification of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to amend the constitution, granting voting rights for women.

#suffrage #womenssuffrage #womenshistory #votesforwomen #trc #suffragequilt #americanstudies #womensstudies #textilehistory #100thanniversaryvotesforwomen

What can be more therapeutic and rewarding than creating something with your own hands?Finger knitting is an easy way to...
08/14/2020

What can be more therapeutic and rewarding than creating something with your own hands?

Finger knitting is an easy way to introduce kids of all ages to knitting. This is a simple stitch that requires no experience or knowledge, no equipment other than yarn and scissors. And no worries if you don’t have yarn, we will show you how to make plarn (PLAstic yARN) from plastic bags and packaging!

If you are in the museum’s neighborhood, check out a yarn-bombed palm tree in front of the museum by Lorna and Jill Watt's and look through the glass of the main entrance to see the work of Modesto Covarrubias from the lone some exhibition!

sjquiltmuseum.org/makerspace-blog/knitting

We're excited to announce our new Fall 2020 exhibition Deeds Not Words: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage, featu...
08/12/2020

We're excited to announce our new Fall 2020 exhibition Deeds Not Words: Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage, featuring the works of 28 award-winning textile artists in commemoration of the 19th Amendment and American women's right to vote. These dazzlingly varied, sometimes troubling, always inspiring artworks reflect the long and continuing fight for equal rights for all. This exhibition may be in person or online, depending on county regulations. Deeds Not Words is curated by Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, and Pamela Weeks, Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, and will be on display between October 16 - December 6, 2020. Image: Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Unsung Heroines of African-American Suffrage (2019). Photo by Scott Walz.

#suffrage #womenssuffrage #womenshistory #quilt #quilting #suffragequilt #textilehistory

Suffrage Month continues! Trivia question: what state/territory was first to grant suffrage? A: The territory of Wyoming...
08/11/2020

Suffrage Month continues! Trivia question: what state/territory was first to grant suffrage? A: The territory of Wyoming in 1869! California granted suffrage more than four decades later in 1911. (Image featured: Bertha Margaret Boye's Votes for Women poster, created for the 1911 California campaign)

#suffrage #womenssuffrage #womenshistory #votesforwomen #suffragequilt #americanstudies #womensstudies #textilehistory #100thanniversaryvotesforwomen

Back to school or back to the 70s? We couldn’t decide with these macramé projects. Make your own unique macramé bookmark...
08/07/2020

Back to school or back to the 70s? We couldn’t decide with these macramé projects. Make your own unique macramé bookmark or holder using just a few basic knots!

Visit sjquiltmuseum.org/makerspace-blog/macrame to get started.

Like many crafts, macramé began with a functional purpose. It was used to tie off the ends of threads in hand-woven fabrics so that they wouldn't fray, or to make and mend fishing nets. Knots were also used in sails and were adapted by sailors to make decorative items. Over the years, macramé has been used to make a variety of items including wall hangings, jewelry, etc.

Grab your popcorn and join us and the Women's Vote Centennial for a special virtual film screening! On Friday, August 7t...
08/04/2020

Grab your popcorn and join us and the Women's Vote Centennial for a special virtual film screening! On Friday, August 7th (8pm ET/5pm PT), watch the modern rendition of One Woman, One Vote, a classic PBS documentary with a 21st century message on YouTube Live. This Suffrage film will feature a brand new introduction by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Register here: https://linktr.ee/sjmqt

Tomorrow!Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement:Quilted Swing Coats by Patricia A. MontgomeryPresented by San Jose Museum ...
08/04/2020

Tomorrow!

Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement:
Quilted Swing Coats by Patricia A. Montgomery
Presented by San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
11AM PACIFIC / 2PM EASTERN
on Zoom

Join us for an artist talk with Oakland-based artist Patricia Montgomery, who will discuss her important series Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement: Quilted Swing Coats. The Civil Rights Movement, led by African Americans who used nonviolent civil disobedience actions, transformed the United States and became a catalyst for other national and international civil disobedience protests that followed. This series recognizes and celebrates the many African American women who made major contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the form of story quilts created in African American traditional quilting design and construction techniques. Each quilt is structured in the shape of a swing coat that illustrates these women’s individual stories and historical impact.

Register here:
ow.ly/7J3E50AQyVG

FIBER ART 101: FELTING, Featuring artist Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul on Instagram). Is it felt or food?Felt is a type of ...
08/03/2020

FIBER ART 101: FELTING, Featuring artist Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul on Instagram). Is it felt or food?

Felt is a type of fabric that can incorporate both synthetic and natural fibers. Unlike most fabrics, felt is not woven. Rather, it is compressed at high pressures and temperatures to create a dense fabric of matted fibers.

Felt is one of the oldest textiles; however, felt production through used plastic bottles is a relatively new development. These bottles are often made out of the same material as polyester clothing, known scientifically as polyethylene terephthalate. Thus, plastic bottles can be recycled and processed back into polyester fibers, and this can be used to create felt.

One of our favorite felt artists is Lucy Sparrow. Her creative work is incredible and makes us take a double look.

Are you using felt in your art practice?

We've got you covered for #NationalColoringBookDay ! Put a new spin on quilts from SJMQT's Permanent Collection by addin...
08/02/2020

We've got you covered for #NationalColoringBookDay ! Put a new spin on quilts from SJMQT's Permanent Collection by adding your favorite colors. Download this coloring sheet and more on our website! Share your creative results by tagging #SJMQT

sjquiltmuseum.org/coloring-book

#ColoringBook #AdultColoringBook #KidsActivities #KidsArtIdeas #ChildrensCrafts

It's National Women's Suffrage Month! We'll be celebrating the 100 year milestone all month long! Historical posts, suff...
08/01/2020

It's National Women's Suffrage Month! We'll be celebrating the 100 year milestone all month long! Historical posts, suffrage activities for the whole family and sneak peeks of our upcoming shows.

#suffrage #womenssuffrage #womenshistory #votesforwomen #womensstudies #textilehistory #100thanniversaryvotesforwomen

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520 S 1st St
San Jose, CA
95113

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14:30 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 14:00
Sunday 14:30 - 15:00
Sunday 11:00 - 14:00

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Looking forward to this group ..I am wishing to visit the museum when the U.S. has come to terms with virus.
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These are the pieces that called to me from the latest exhibit
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Thank you so much for sharing your Irish Triple Chain Quilt with us here in Muscat, Oman for our Exhibition. This quilt is in red, green and white which are the colors of the Omani flag. The Muscat Quilt Guild is indebted to the US Embassy, Muscat for securing this quilt for us. Thank you so much.
First Friday at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles finds my Vets/Write peeps and yours truly reading our poetry as visitors stroll the museum. Should be an interesting event for those of you downtown for the cultural phenomenon of First Friday. If you are in the area drop by and say hello. I’ve fifty minutes of material to mark the evening. I begin at 7:50.
How cool is this
fun at First Friday! dancing with fabric, thanks to resident artists RoCoCo!
Good morning, on the occasion of the Grand Opening of our seventh USA "PanIQ Escape Room", right in San José, we are pleased to offer 20% discount on our games to San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles' members and friends. Moreover, anyone playing will partecipate to a drawing of a Spring Break stay in Fort Lauderdale (23-30 March 2018). Just use the promotional code DISC_S and, please, share this offer. Thanks!
Sharing from another's post: "ATTENTION FELLOW QUILTERS: There are quilters in Santa Rosa who have lost their stash of fabric in the fires. A request has come to my attention for quilters to send a fat quarter to the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild to help those members replenish their stash. We all know how important it is to have something to sew when times are difficult. If you would like to send a fat quarter, Mr. Jim, President of their guild, asked that you send fabric to: the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, PO BOX 9251, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Your donation would be greatly appreciated." Please share.
The Tapestry Weavers of Vancouver Island, TAPIS, are having a show at The Old School House Gallery, TOSH, in Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC on Sept. 5 - 30. We will have many tapestries from the individual artists own bodies of work. There are some of the "H" words from an American Tapestry Alliance educational article project. The tapestries woven by our group for the ATA Small Format show, Tapestry Unlimited, 2016 will be in our show as well. Come see our show.