Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 online catalog now available!

The 2010 exhibit, "In My Words", hanging at the American Sewing Expo

The online catalog of the quilts from the 2010 exhibit is now up and available for viewing!

A flickr page has been set up for the exhibit.

This will allow you to leave comments on the quilts if you like. At the moment, only the 2010 exhibit is there but it is my goal to migrate all of the work there from 2008, 2009 & 2010. This will provide a lovely history for all of the work to be seen as a whole.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 2010 exhibit and all the past exhibits! The exhibit is now retired and I'm very grateful to all of you for the opportunity to curate this and work with all of you!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 Exhibit Favorite

Phil's Temple by Holly Kreag

The 2010 Breaking Traditions exhibit may be small but it is mighty. There are many many touching and beautiful quilts this year. It was difficult to choose just one. But Holly Kreag's quilt, Phil's Temple, has emerged as the 2010 Exhibit Favorite.

Here is Holly's artist statement: This quilt is dedicated to my nephew, Phil, who was recently diagnosed with autism. He lives in Japan, and visited me in the U.S. last year, just prior to his diagnosis. At the time, he repeated almost everything that was said to him. He has since progressed and moved out of the repeating phase. I wrote a haiku (a Japanese poem) about my memory of his visit. Creating this quilt was a comfort to me, and made me feel closer to Phil.

The haiku that is on Holly's quilt reads:

Repeats what you say
Not sure what he's thinking, but
answers your questions

Congratulations to Holly for being chosen as the Exhibit Favorite and to everyone that participated in the 2010 show! More picture to follow soon!

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Home" exhibit showing at 212 during September 2010

The 2009 Breaking Traditions, Home, will hang at the 212 Arts Center in Saline Michigan for the month of September.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Friday September 10 from 7pm-9pm.

Many thanks to the 212 Arts Center for hosting the exhibit again!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

fist sneak peek for the 2010 exhibit!

Learn, Grow, Listen, Soar by Mary Byberg

I've received the first quilt for the 2010 exhibit from Mary Byberg. Here is her artist statement:

"I tried to think of things that someone wants to say and do, but tends not to say them out loud. I chose the image of hands releasing a butterfly to symbolize the encouragement we all need from time to time to soar above even our own expectations."

The 2010 exhibit is helping raise funds for Claudine Intner's Art Now for Autism. If you'd like to participate, you can find all the information here and as always, I'm available to answer any questions that you have - email at

Can't wait to see more entries!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 exhibit to benefit Art Now for Autism

logo by Jeanelle McCall

"Every one Fits In" quilt by Karen Newman Fridy

I am very pleased to announce that Breaking Traditions is teaming up with Claudine Intner's Art Now for Autism. In honor of Claudine's efforts to raise money for autism research, the theme for 2010 is "In My Words..."

The exhibit features 12" x 12" art quilts. Participants for the 2010 show will express the ways in which autism has effected their lives. If you do not personally know anyone who has autism or has been effected by it, you can still participate by making a quilt in support of autism research.

From the Autism Speaks website: "Autism is a complex neurological disorder that typically lasts through a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common then pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girl. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe."

$10 of the $15 entry fee will be donated to Autism Speaks through Art Now for Autism.

This is an open call exhibit, everyone is encourage to participate. Prizes are donated for those in the exhibit and and Exhibit Favorite is chosen.

All the information for participation in the 2010 exhibit can be found by following the links below. I hope you will join us in making this another successful year!

Friday, January 8, 2010

"Home" catalog now available for purchase

2009 Breaking Tradi...
By curated by Lynn K...

The 2009 catalog is now available for purchase. (Click on the image above or follow the link here.)

The catalog consists all the rescue that were posted for the New Beginning Sunday posts and all 84 quilts in the exhibit along with their artist statements. You can also get a preview of what the first fifteen pages of the catalog look like.

The exhibit favorite by Kristin LaFlamme is featured on the cover.

I hope you enjoy the catalog and thanks again to everyone who participated!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New venue added for "Home" tour

A new venue has been added to the tour of the 2009 "Home" exhibit.

The exhibit will be shown at the Perrysburg Area Arts Council in Perrysburg, Ohio for the month of May 2010.

Breaking Traditions is proud to show at this exciting venue, please visit their website to see what they are about.