Landscape in Spiral | 2021, cotton quilt: solar printed, stamped, painted, machine pieced and hand quilted, 30" x 22"
Pandemic Rock | 2020, cotton quilt: plain and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 49" x 46"
Crossroads | 2020, cotton quilt: plain and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 49" x 49"
Connecting | 2020, cotton quilt: solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 38" x 38"
Hope Renewing | 2019, cotton quilt: solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 50" x 50"
Off Kilter | 2019, cotton quilt: plain and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 46" x 46"
Echoes Of Gee's Bend | 2019, cotton quilt: plain and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 49" x 35"
As Yet Untitled | 2018, cotton quilt: plain and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 43" x 41"
Absence/Presence | 2018, cotton quilt: solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 50" x 30"
Unintended Consequences | 2018, cotton quilt: shibori dyed, painted, and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 29" x 32"
Flowing Through | 2015, cotton quilt: dyed and solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 48" x 30"
Black Hole | 2015, cotton quilt: solar printed, machine pieced and hand quilted, 50" x 50"
Passages | 2013, cotton quilt: commercially dyed, stamped, and solar printed, machine pieced and appliquéd, hand quilted and embroidered, 35" x 29"
Underwater | 2011, cotton quilt: commercially dyed and solar printed, machine pieced, machine and hand quilted, 32" x 34"
Slow Down | 2010, cotton quilt: shibori dyed, stamped, and solar printed, machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted
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Member Portfolio

Polly Bech

Swarthmore, PA

Résumé

Artist's Statement

I quilt because it ties things together. I quilt because it involves many processes: it is a form of collage and design and construction, it can incorporate painting and printmaking, it pulls together ideas, lays them out and stitches them together. I can capture nature in the photosensitive process of solar printing on fabric, incorporating a time and place in the natural world into my art. A quilt does not just have surface design, the quilting stitches add depth, design on design. I quilt because it took the place of oil painting for me when I became pregnant and did not wish to breathe toxic fumes, because when I stopped working as a professional computer graphics designer, quilting became an outlet for ideas. Making quilts ties me to a tradition, a tradition mostly female, of creating order out of scraps, out of necessity.
I quilt because it brings a tiny bit of order to my tiny bit of the world.

Education

1990 - Present
Continuing Education
Workshops with Linda Colsh, Lonni Rossi, Jan Myers-Newbury, Jane Dunnewold, Judy Langille, Carol Taylor, and others
1983
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1981
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
BA, Art
1980
Sir John Cass School of Art/London Guildhall University, London, England

Artist's Bibliography

2020
"Member Spotlight: Polly Bech", Surface Design Association blog, February 12
2019
"A Solar Printing Obsession”, Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Spring
2015
"Featured Artist”, Studio Art Quilt Associates, April

Affiliations

Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Surface Design Association
Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (Haverford Guild), Haverford, PA

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2010
Creative Living Room, Swarthmore, PA
2005
Newtown Library, Newtown Square, PA
Group
2021
Textiles in Translation, Williamsport, PA
Art Quilt Juried Exhibition
2020
Preserving the Legacy Quilt Exhibit, Swarthmore, PA
2019
Delaware County Studio Tour, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA
Abstract, Sebastopol, CA
National Juried Exhibition
Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
New Work: Melissa Husted Sherman and Polly Dressler Bech, Swarthmore, PA
2018
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
November Featured Artist, Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA
Material Matters, Brooklyn, NY
National Juried Art Exhibition
Responses to Gee’s Bend, Swarthmore, PA
National Juried Art Exhibition
Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Summer Fine Art & Craft Show, Rosemont, PA2
12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA
2017
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Fine Art & Craft Show, Rosemont, PA
Interpretations: Conversations,San Diego, CA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
2016
Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Fine Art & Craft Show, Newtown Square, PA
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Connected by Stitch, Williamsport, PA
Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016, Lowell, MA
National Juried Exhibition
2015
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA
focus – exploring our regional sense of place, Montrose, PA
Fiber Award
2014
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, La Conner, WA
International Juried Exhibition
New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts(National Juried Exhibition), Ft. Collins, CO
Tri-State Quilt Competition, The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, NJ
2013
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Alumni Art Exhibition, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
2012
The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA
Hands All Around, Houston, TX
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
2011
Interpretations 2011, San Diego, CA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Focus on Color, Fredericksburg, VA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA
2010
Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries, San Diego, CA
National Art Quilt Juried Exhibition
Innovations in Fiberart V, Sebastopol, CA
National Juried Fiber Art Exhibition
The May Show, Gualala, CA
National Juried Exhibition
2009
Community Arts Center Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Media, PA
Art Quilts Lowell 2009, Lowell, MA
National Juried Exhibition
SAQA: Musings, Grand Rapids, MI
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita, KS
Juried Exhibition
Recent Work: Melissa Husted-Sherman & Polly Dressler Bech Swarthmore, PA
2008
PA National Quilt Extravaganza XV, Harrisburg, PA
National Juried Exhibition
SAQA Amazing Art Quilts, Staunton, VA
National Juried Exhibition
I-4 Corridor: Stretching Threads Across Florida, Orlando, FL
National Juried Exhibition
2007
PA National Quilt Extravaganza XIV, Harrisburg, PA
National Juried Exhibition
New Art from an American Tradition, Williamsburg, VA
National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
2006
Surface Tension: Contemporary Quilt Art, Union, NJ
National Juried Exhibition
Expressions: The Art Quilt, La Veta, CO
National Juried Exhibition
FAVA: Artist as Quiltmaker XII, Oberlin, OH
National Juried Exhibition
2005
Undercover Quilters Show, Brookhaven, PA
PA National Quilt Extravaganza XII, Quilts of the Delaware Valley, Ft. Washington, PA
2004
Friends of the Arts 2-Person Show, Swarthmore, PA
2000
DCCC Annual Art Show for County Residents, Media, PA
Juried Exhibition
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