Jeff Miller’s Buddhist Approach to Guerilla Quilting showcases colors and shapes used in spontaneous combinations, resulting in a joyous expression of creativity.
Jeff Miller, who coordinates the hospitality management program in CSU’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, is trained as a professional chef and is a highly respected, seasoned academic. This exhibition highlights another one of his talents – his needlework.
Miller created his first quilt some ten years ago while recuperating from a broken foot. Since then, he’s created many quilts from scraps of fabric that have special meaning to him, such as fabric from shirts that Miller and his wife Nora wore while working at Colorado State University, fabric from a family tent that was used many summers ago when they camped throughout Europe, and embroidered patches from Jeff’s various chef’s coats.
Miller comes from several generations of women who were master quilters and followed the designs and meticulous traditions of the uniquely American art form of quilting. Miller, on the other hand, follows a Buddhist approach in which he allows the fabrics to tell him what they wish to become. And while he admires the traditional American quilting methods and patterns, he considers himself a “guerrilla quilter” in that he invents pattern combinations and technique as he quilts.
The Gustafson Gallery features regular exhibitions of creative student and faculty apparel design and merchandising scholarship