Non-Traditional Tapestries of Carole Harris
“Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context, the Work of Carole Harris” opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Oct. 2

VIDEO: Interview with artist Carole Harris

An exhibition of 15 stunning quilts by well-known Michigan interior designer/fiber artist Carole Harris will soon be on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Textile Extensions: Quilts in a New Context, the Work of Carole Harris opens Friday, Oct. 2.

Harris’ rhythmically constructed, non-traditional tapestries are composed of hundreds of richly colored fabrics which are cut, overlaid, appliquéd, pieced and quilted. A professional interior designer and fiber artist, she creates one-of-a-kind, improvisational works that provide warmth and texture to enhance commercial and residential interiors.

“This exhibition presents for the first time a large body of my work representing a period of almost 20 years, a retrospective of sorts,” said Harris in a recent interview about her show. “The exhibition will allow both me and the public to view changes and similarities in my work over a long period. One will see how I hold the tradition while expanding the process through the use of texture and by extending the form beyond the rectangle.”

Harris’ work has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries over the last 30 years. Her work is in major collections, including The White House, Washington, DC, Michigan State University Museum of Folk Art, East Lansing, Michigan, Harris Bank and Trust and John H. Groger Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

“Carole’s quilts are not ordinary or traditional. They are comparable to a good jazz composition, improvisational and unpredicted,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director.
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