Shock Waves.

On this day in 1976, American-born artist Man Ray (born Emmanuael Radnitzky) died in Paris at the age of 86. Man Ray is best known for his aveante-garde fashion and portrait photography, but he considered himself primarily a painter. He was part of the Dada and Surrealist movements and like his contemporary, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray was interested in depicting movement in figures.

Ann Johnston of Lake Oswego, Oregon, made this quilt, titled “Shock Waves,” in 1996. It is hand-dyed and embellished and machine pieced and quilted. Johnston donated the quilt to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for the “Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum” collection.  A note on design in this Quilt Index record reads: “random lines: straight and curved, emphasizing line and movement, heavy amount.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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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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