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Fiberarts - April/May 2009
April/May 2009

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Work from Editor Marci Rae McDade’s residency
2008 Coby Grants
Denise Labadie’s megalith-inspired works
Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s non-performance work
Over 200 fiber-postcard valentines
Mandy Greer’s Silvering Path and Aqua Art Fair, Miami work
Residency and Retreat Resources
Angelika Werth’s Madeleines
Andrea Dezsö’s Heart
Clips from film and fiber favorites
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April/May 2009

Creative Process: Denise Labadie

The work of Denise Labadie is included in our April/May 2009 issue. After completing more than twenty quilts over the past decade Labadie has remained as enthusiastic as ever about Ireland’s mysterious megalithic stone circles or dolmen (also known as portal tombs) that date back to 4500 BC. She continues to visit the stones—both ancient tombs as well as more recent monastic ruins—whenever possible, to hear and quilt their whispered stories. Here we share additional examples of her work and information about the sites that inspired them.

Labadie’s quilt, Dun Aengus Stone Fort, is traveling as part of Quilt National 2007, The exhibit will be on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, through March 29 and at the Quilters Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, April 2–5.

All photos: Esmond Snell.

Dun Aengus Stone Fort, 2007; all the fabric was hand painted, machine appliquéd, pieced, and quilted; 63" x 71".

“Dun Aengus is the remains of a stone fort on the cliffs of Inishmore. The quilt was accepted into Quilt National 2007, where it received the McCarthy Memorial award and the People’s Choice Award.”

Monastic Cross On Inishowen, 2008; machine quilted, appliquéd, couched threads and yarns; 60" x 37".

“One of two crosses at an 800 AD monastic site on the Inishowen Peninsula. These are also called the Carrowmore Crosses.”

St. Kevin’s Monastery II, 2007; hand painted cottons and tulle; machine appliquéd, pieced and quilted; 55" x 66".

“One of seven ruined churches in St. Kevin’s Monastery City, Glendalough, Ireland.”

Dolmen on Inishmore, 2005; stones and sky are hand painted fabric. Some of the shadows were done with thread painting; machine appliquéd, pieced, and quilted, couched threads and yarns; 51" x 58".

“This dolmen (or portal tomb) is on the Aran island, Inishmore. It is a very different dolmen, with three cap stones. To my knowledge there isn’t any information written on it and there are no markers to it. My stone hunting friend and fellow quilter Grania McElligott and I happened onto an American who told us how to find it.”

Resources suggested by Labadie about Irish megaliths:


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