George Summers Jr, is a fiber artist living and working in the Boston area. He graduated in 1981 with a BFA in Illustration and Design from UMASS-Dartmouth and an independent study in Batik. Over the past thirty years, he has had ten one person shows and participated in numerous group shows around the country. His Batik work is in many private collections, including the Tom of Finland Foundation, which recently received one of his batik quilts as a gift.
For the past nineteen years, George has worked for the Society of Arts + Crafts, the oldest non-profit craft organization in the country. He is a founding member of Brickbottom Artists Group, one of the country’s first and largest artist developed live-work buildings, where he maintains a studio practice.
For me ... what if utopia ... are all these small moments that, when threaded together, create a whole narrative of a life lived. The quilt, “A Shroud for a Coffin of T-shirts ... Lived“ was created at a time in my life when death was all around me. I made the quilt from vintage t-shirts that I had collected over the years with the idea in mind that when the time came, it was to cover my coffin in lieu of flowers. I wanted people to know, via the selection of t-shirts I chose, that I had loved ART, MUSIC, and cute BOYS. The irony of the quilt is in the Jenny Holzer t-shirt at it’s center, “In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy.“