PEACEFUL PIECES : POEMS AND QUILTS ABOUT PEACE
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Peaceful Pieces was published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and received starred reviews from ALA Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly.
Anna Grossnickle Hines is a professional illustrator who has illustrated a large number of books over the years. She is also the author of five books which she illustrated using quilts. Her work has been exhibited in a number of quilt shows. The Peaceful Pieces show will run from August 22 - September 17.
As a poet, Ms. Hines sets for herself the goal of writing one poem a day. The poems then become the starting point from which she creates her quilts. She has illustrated more than 60 books for children, the latest of which are illustrated exclusively through her quilted artwork. Most of the quilts are rather small, about 22 x 14 inches, and include hundreds of separate swatches of fabric.Ms. Hines explains, “When one says “quilt” most people think of a patchwork covering for a bed and for many years, that’s what quilts were. As more and more things were made with machines, the art of quilt making was largely forgotten. Then in the 1960s it was revived, rekindling an interest. Groups of quilters sprang up all around the world to share knowledge and enthusiasm for quilting. Most used the traditional patterns to make traditional quilts, but others began to make a new kind of quilt, a quilt for the wall instead of the bed. Using the traditional techniques of piecing, layering and stitching, the quilters told stories, expressed their feelings, or simply made beautiful works to decorate walls in homes or public buildings. Many of these quilt artists began adding new elements, including stamping, printing, beading, and so on, to add texture, interest, and to say what they wanted to say with their quilts.”
Anna Grossnickle Hines will be holding a Youth Art & Poetry Workshop on September 10th, 9am-noon (YES 108-40, $25) A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, September 14th from 4:30 to 6:30pm, with an artist's talk in Menard 2209 at 5:20pm. She will also be holding workshops September 14-17th on the following topics:
- Sept. 14 Writing and illustrating for Children, 7-9pm (CEW 114-52, $25)
- Sept. 15 A special Event for Quilt Lovers, 7-9pm (CEW 108-52, $16)
- Sept. 16 The benefits of reading to children, 7-8:30pm, (CEW 114-50, $15)
- Sept. 17 About Poetry, 10-11:30pm, (CEW 114-40, $18)
For further information on workshops being taught by Anna Grossnickle Hines please see LLCC Community Learning or call 217.756.2432.
Show Postcard and Workshop Info (pdf/248k)
The Peaceful Pieces Exhibit is being sponsored by LLCC Community Learning with help from the Trutter Museum, the LLCC Multicultural Center, and LLCC Student Life.