Prize Winners

Here is a description of some of the award winning pieces Louise has created over her career.

Raisel's Mantle

Raisel's Mantle
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Raisel's Mantle, 2017. Quilt National 2017. 43"W X 63"H X 2"D. This work is composed of ordinary re-used materials. The archangel, Rasiel, presides over our actions of transforming the knowledge of information and ideas into the wisdom of achieving our deepest levels of understanding. The mantle, like a quilt, serves the practical function of keeping someone warm protecting them from the elements. In this case, it also serves as a symbolic divine representation.

 
Tree of Life

Tree of Life
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Tree of Life, 2010. Quilt National 2011. This is a visual representation of the Tree of Life from the Jewish mystical traditional of kabbalah. The tree describes the primordial energy through which all things are created. Five values of color embody each of the levels or worlds. These are repeated in sections to symbolize the ten divine attributes. Knit t-shirt scraps, which under normal conditions are very difficult to work with, come together effortlessly to fashion a freeform tree.

 
Fragrant Mezuzah

Fragrant Mezuzah
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Fragrant Mezuzah was on display for the fall and winter of 2002-2003 at the Spertus Museum in Chicago. Fragrant Mezuzah is made of 100% cotton with Bengel Spice Tea filler. It is machine pieced, hand embroidered and hand quilted. The fabric is printed by computer with two images: one of an appropriation from a 1470 Hebrew text and the other a traditional scribe's parchment of the shema prayer.

 
Stars of America

Stars of America
45"W X 54"H
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Stars of America traveled with an exhibit organized by the American Museum of Folk Art for three years.

 
New Glory

New Glory
72"W X 72"H
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New Glory is a contemporary rendition of a patriotic quilt. It has thirteen stripes and fifty stars. It was made to enter the first Great American Quilt Contest organized by the American Museum of Folk Art. It came in second for the state of Pennsylvania.

 
Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy
6"W X 3"H
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Holy, Holy, Holy is an embroidery piece. Holy literally means to sanctify. It is the idea of separation, to make something special beyond the ordinary. This embroidery was awarded the first prize Challenge Cup in the 1996 Pittsburgh Fiberarts Guild Annual Exhibit.

 
Tallit for Maurcy Gottlieb

Tallit for Maurcy Gottlieb
90"W X 50"H
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Tallit for Maurcy Gottlieb is a Jewish prayer shawl that honors the nineteenth century artist Gottlieb and his painting,"Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur." The pieces was made as part of a protest against the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv, where an altered reproduction of the painting (the women looking on in the background were removed) was mounted. It was an outrage both to artists and women. This was part of Quilt National 1997.