The ART in Artichoke.

On this day in 1928, Pop art superstar and cultural icon Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. Warhol studied pictorial design (illustration) at Carnegie Institute of Technology and began painting in the 1950’s. Following the advice of his art school teacher who told Warhol to paint what he liked, he painted ordinary things, including soup cans, comic strips and soap boxes.

Bridget Wideman of Seaside, Oregon made this quilt titled “The ART in Artichoke” in 2011 for the Quilt Alliance contest, “Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion.  Wideman wrote in her artist’s statement: “I chose a subject, in this case my favorite vegetable, the artichoke. I couldn’t figure out what could go with my artichoke, so I ended up making several in various colors and concentrating on the word itself. The word “art” was obvious. And when I think of art, I think of Andy Warhol. That’s where I got my idea for this quilt: a Warhol inspired artichoke.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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