Artist displays quilts in Farnham Galleries

by Blair BoydStaff Writer

Farnham Galleries in Mary Berry Hall have been host to unique artists with a wide range of artistic styles. The newest artist to grace the galleries is no different.

From Nov. 13 to Dec. 8, Anthony Jacobson’s artwork will be on display. Jacobson’s craft is quilting, something quite different from what students usually see being displayed.

When Jacobson was approached for his quilts to be on display at Simpson, he was very excited.

“I am thrilled to be chosen to exhibit at the Farnham Galleries,” Jacobson said. “I work a lot in the educational market and like the opportunity to show up-and-coming art professionals ways they can put their passion for art into practical use.”

Jacobson is not only an accomplished quilter but has also written a book entitled “Quilting Around Your Home” with his wife, Jeanne.

“This (book) was the start of looking at quilts as art pieces instead of something to put on a bed,” Jacobson said.

According to Jacobson, the quilts in that book were still very traditional. However, it wasn’t until later that he learned a different approach to making quilts.

“In 1996, I took a course with Stan Green, a fellow graphic design artist, that made me look at creating quilts in a more organic way,” Jacobson said. “This is the approach that I now take with the majority of my quilts.”

Many of Jacobson’s quilts can send a strong message to the viewer. Of the many that will be on display in the Farnham Galleries, there is one that really seems to stick out. This quilt is entitled “Create” and is made of vibrant colors with motivational words intertwined throughout the quilt.

“The wording and the way the words are colored in the quilt is very interesting,” junior art major Kate Juhl said. “They seem to flow in and out of the quilted colors. Each gradient brings out the next while the shapes and lines created bring harmony to the piece.”

“Create” seems to be a favorite among other students as well.

“You normally think of quilting as something reserved for your grandparents, but this quilt seems young and fresh,” junior Hannah Walter said. “I find it very beautiful and it matches the personality of a lot of people my age.”

The actual quilt-making process is long and detailed, but the end result is often very beautiful. The original fabrics may eventually be dropped from the design once the fabrics begin to be pieced together, and the process continues until a cohesive piece is created.

“It’s neat to see how the medium is used and manipulated to look like a painting,” Juhl said. “It’s a very original design.”

According to Jacobson, few of his designs today are premeditated or planned out. He has a general idea of the direction, but he lets the quilt-making process lead him in whatever direction feels right at the time.

Previous to the exhibit in the Farnham Galleries, Jacobson has done two other quilt shows.

“One was at Chilton Company in Radnor, Pennsylvania, which was a one-man quilt show,” Jacobson said. “The other quilt show was a two-man quilt show with Stan Green. Some of my individual quilts have also shown up in various art shows.”

Though Jacobson’s quilts are no longer hand sewn, his current approach is to still pay homage to the traditions of the past while using new materials.

“Anthony seems to be a very talented quilter with a lot of original ideas,” Walter said. “You don’t see the typical quilt patterns that you might expect and it makes his quilts much more enjoyable to look at.”