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Cathy Miranker
San Francisco, CA,

and New York City


Exhibitions & Publications


IG @cathyquilts

I am a modern quilter with a love of abstract design, minimalist geometries, and solid colors. For me, textiles command an exciting, transformative space on the artistic spectrum—at the juncture of fine arts and craft, display and functionality, contemporary and classic, personal expression and public commentary.


 My quilt Bauhaus Brasil hung in the 2023 de Young Open at San Francisco’s leading museum, a salon-style show recently praised by the New York Times as “a dizzying, bursting-at-the-seams extravaganza of an exhibition.” And it is now showing in Geometric Expressions, a new virtual gallery presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).


Two of my quilts are currently in international SAQA shows; another is traveling in a regional SAQA exhibition, and my quilt Betwixt & Between is among the pieces featured in SAQA’s Art Quilt Quarterly (Issue No. 31).


I am a regular online exhibitor with the Textile Study Group of New York, and my work has also appeared in QuiltCon 2020 and 2019, Form and Function at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and solo and group exhibitions at Bay Quilts (Richmond, CA), as well as local and regional shows in the San Francisco Bay area.


I find inspiration in the architecture of New York City and the landscape of the Bay Area; in the quilts of Gwen Marston; in the creativity of my quilting circle, and in the work of other modern quilters. In my current quilt-design experiments, I have begun pairing simple geometric shapes with improvisational construction techniques. The quilts Bravo Bulcão, Ode to Tomatoes, and Bauhaus Brasil are examples of this approach. As an inveterate gallery- and museum-goer, I also admire the aesthetic of tile artists, hard-edge and color-field painters, Josef and Anni Albers, Carmen Herrera, Sonia Delaunay, and such graphic designers as Walter Dexel and Walter Allner.


I’ve had a varied career: as a hand bookbinder; grant writer; teacher and blogger at Bookmaking with Kids; author of books about kids’ software; marketing writer for Silicon Valley companies; newspaper columnist; national editor for the Associated Press. No doubt this changeability has predisposed me to quilty experimentation!


Catalogue CoverI am also a bibliophile. During 2020 and 2021, I co-curated the exhibition Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects featuring bibliographic rarities, manuscripts, books, correspondence, and artwork focused on the Great Detective. I also co-authored the catalogue of the same name, with my husband, and we have a second book in production. The exhibition premiered January 12, 2022 at the Grolier Club in New York City and traveled to The Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with other venues planned.