Artist Nancy Garver recently visited the three family and consumer science classes at Oberlin High School to share her love of art and her small quilts.
Garver, whose studio is located in the Ginko Gallery in Oberlin, shared a few series of quilts with the students. She talked about design, color and what inspired each.
One series was based on the button boxes of her grandmother and mother. Using varied color schemes, Garver used traditional quilt block patterns with button embellishments.
In another series called “Meadow Flowers,” she created various flower motifs out of buttons and sewing notions: snaps, hooks, and eyes. The gardens created on the small quilts inspired the students as they planned their own works of art.
Even the cloths Garver wore were an inspiration for the students. Her reversible vest was a highlight; it was created so that the raw edges of the fabric would fray. Using other techniques, Garver’s denim coat was designed with scraps of cloth embellished with buttons, one that held a purse, so it would not fall off her shoulder.
Students have been working on small art quilts and other sewing projects during the first semester. Some will enter their work into the annual Lorain County Scholastic Art Show, which will be held at Lorain County Community College.
Courtesy photo Nancy Garver, a master quilter, shares her knowledge and expertise with Oberlin High students.