Art quilts and fiber art works by local artists group Journeys are on display throughout July at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend. July is designated as fiber art month every year at Thump, in honor of owner Hazel Chapple’s mother and celebrated Ohio fiber artist, Anne Hubler, who was the first fiber artist to show work at thump with her July 2008 exhibit. The designation also honors the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show, the largest in the country.
Journeys is a group of local women who “seek to express our passion for art through creating and sharing the love of quilts and fiber arts.” The group defines art quilts as original work, consisting of fabric, layered and stitched together.
“We seek to stretch ourselves and each other to move beyond the boundaries of traditional quilt making, each of us developing our own unique style in fiber art. We aim to go beyond the expected and to explore new dimensions, techniques and materials to make new and unexpected original works of quilt art — and to have fun doing so,” writes Journeys in its group artists statement for the exhibit.