The inspiration for quilted wall hangings and fabric sculptures created by Heather G. Stoltz ’00 is traditional Jewish texts. An exhibit of her work, “Text and Texture: Midrash through Making,” opened July 21 at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City and continues through November.
“The pieces in the exhibit explore different forms of prayer,” explains Stoltz, of New York City. “Several are inspired by traditional Jewish liturgy while others depict my deepest personal prayers. Those attending the opening were invited to add their own prayers to one piece titled ‘Flinging Prayer.’ Through this interactive art, I encouraged them to write their prayers on a fabric carrier and fling it onto the piece with the use of a small catapult.”
Stoltz’s work has been shown nationally and has been featured in the book Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project and in Zeek Magazine and Practical Matters.
Stoltz discovered her love of fiber art when pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish women’s studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Since then, she has been translating texts of the Jewish tradition into textile art, bringing her own interpretation to the ancient words. She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in Jewish studies. And, although she no longer works as an engineer, she says she puts those skills to use in the creation of her quilts.
More information about Stoltz’s art and workshops may be found at www.sewingstories.com.