We have always told each other stories. . . .
Theaters are special venues for live story-telling through performance: song, dance, music, and/or play acting. The audience has a place to gather and watch; performers are provided a stage and technicians. Costume, special lighting, sound, set design, and props abound. Everything helps create a special effect that enhances the story telling. These elements fuel my imagination as I make pieces with a theatrical theme.
Since 1986, I have made nine theater quilts; four of them are in private collections, three are in corporate collections.
Balancing Act 31x40” quilt ©2010 K Sharp
In the spirit of the show must go on, a toe dancer juggles three balls representing Air, Water, Earth. She struggles to maintain grace and discipline in the face of this enormous risk. (Planet Earth Series)
Telling Stories 44x44” quilt ©2003 K Sharp
In this imagined theatrical production, esteemed participants gather from afar in a neutral place to share stories and to conduct the work of State in a civilized manner. (collection Kaiser Permanente Hospital CA)
A theater and set design for scene from an imagined musical production.
Rehearsal 43x54" quilt ©2000 K Sharp (private collection)