By the 1990s, the art quilt had received broader acceptance in the art, craft, and quilt worlds, and for the most part quilt artists in the 1990s were not working in isolation as their predecessors often did. Quilt artists often endorse the postmodern tendency to embrace unorthodox materials and pop culture, working in a collage or pastiche mentality. The assemblage nature of quilts
encouraged this approach to art making.
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Many artists have sold their first gallery quilt in the 21st century, including several who had been trying to enter the gallery market earlier. Not only are more galleries offering quilt art, but also more professional artists have found their voice in this medium. SAQA has contributed significantly to this trend.
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Many quilt artists working in the 21st century use the quilt medium to address important social, political, economic, and environmental issues of the new millennium. Whether the artworks are created by artists who have spent decades exploring the quilt format, or are created by artists who embraced the art form more recently, global issues often are at the forefront of their subject matter. New technologies more widely available after 2010, such as programmable long-arm quilting machines, digital textile printing services, and high-resolution digital cameras on cellular phones, also are having an effect on work produced. However, while some artists are intrigued by these new technologies, others embrace handwork, preferring evidence of the human touch to communicate their message.
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