Fabric Art

“See how she has quilted us in, gathered lace, feathers, fans, jackets, gloves, and how many lost loves.”
Andrea Musher, Madison Poet Laureate

Fabrications are a new art form that we developed. Fabrications are fabric collages which incorporate pieces of clothing and related items such as hats, gloves, slippers, belts and jewelry. They can serve as  “memory quilts” in which families, classrooms or communities can create visual repositories for collected treasures and heirlooms. Check out our quilts, too.

  • 2012 Center for Families Fabrications

    These fabrications were made by Sharon Kilfoy for Center for Families community room as a gift. Many of the items in them belonged to her children and/or grand children.

    These fabrications were made by Sharon Kilfoy for Center for Families community room as a gift. Many of the items in them belonged to her children and/or grand children.
  • 2006 Overture Center Time Capsule Fabrication

    This fabrication was made by Sharon Kilfoy for inclusion in the time capsule at Overture Center for the Arts. The time capsule is to be opened in 2056. The fabrication is a fabric collage sewn from remnants from “Fabrications – A Celebration of Madison’s 150 Years – in Cloth” by Sharon which is on permanent display at Center for Families. Also in the time capsule is a poem commemorating the project by Andrea Musher, the poet laureate at the time. Sharon’s grand daughter, Sirena Flores, was present when the time capsule was sealed.

    Click here for a list of items in the TimeCapsuleList.

    Click here to read poem by AndreaSesquicentennialMusher

    This fabrication was made by Sharon Kilfoy for inclusion in the time capsule at Overture Center for the Arts. The time capsule is to be opened in 2056. The fabrication is a fabric collage sewn from remnants from “Fabrications – A Celebration of Madison’s 150 Years – in Cloth” by Sharon which is on permanent ...
  • 2006 Madison Sesquicentennial Fabrications

    “Fabrications – A Celebration of Madison’s 150 Years – in Cloth” is a project in which fabric and related items – such as hats, belts, shirts and other clothing – were collected from more than 130 individuals, families and groups and then sewn into 9 large quilt-like panels at community “sewing bees.”
    I believe that all members of a community matter. I tried to collect items from the not so famous, as well as the famous. The history of our town is the history of the window washers, the waitresses, the educators, as well as the politicians and the Olympians.”
    Sharon Kilfoy

    Click here for FabricationArtistStatement.

    Click here for the entire text from the FabricationsBooklet.

    View the oral histories that accompany this project under videos

    “Fabrications – A Celebration of Madison’s 150 Years – in Cloth” is a project in which fabric and related items – such as hats, belts, shirts and other clothing – were collected from more than 130 individuals, families and groups and then sewn into 9 large quilt-like panels at community “sewing bees.” “I believe that all ...
  • Other Fabrications by Sharon Kilfoy

    “I believe that a human essence ‘lingers’ on the clothing and objects that we wear, especially those we treasure.”

    Sharon Kilfoy

    Click here for artist’s statement –
    2007 Arts Board Lobby solo exhibit “FABRICATIONS –Torments and Treasures from the Metaphysical & Material Worlds of Sharon Kilfoy”

    Click here for artist’s statement –
    2005 Overture Center group exhibit “Layered Intentions”

    “I believe that a human essence ‘lingers’ on the clothing and objects that we wear, especially those we treasure.” Sharon Kilfoy Click here for artist’s statement – 2007 Arts Board Lobby solo exhibit “FABRICATIONS –Torments and Treasures from the Metaphysical & Material Worlds of Sharon Kilfoy” Click here for artist’s statement – 2005 Overture Center group exhibit ...
  • Quilts by Sharon Kilfoy

    “Kilfoy’s quilts are dazzling displays of colors, patterns and textures, which reflect her ability to integrate fabrics collected from a wide variety of sources.”

    “In addition to the cotton calico that is a favorite of many quilters, Kilfoy includes satin, velvet, brocade, tie-dyed and batik fabric in her work. Materials from fabric stores, antique stores, Indian and Pakistani sari shops, and second-hand clothing all go into the mix to become transformed into powerful visual statements.”

    “Coming from a fine arts background, Kilfoy approaches quilting with an artist’s sensibility which is most apparent in her strength as a colorist. Her ability to compare and contrast groups of colors results in compositions of shimmering beauty.”
    Richard Moninski, Green Lantern Studios, Mineral Point, WI

    “Kilfoy’s quilts are dazzling displays of colors, patterns and textures, which reflect her ability to integrate fabrics collected from a wide variety of sources.” “In addition to the cotton calico that is a favorite of many quilters, Kilfoy includes satin, velvet, brocade, tie-dyed and batik fabric in her work. Materials from fabric stores, antique stores, Indian ...