Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Liberated Quilt some pictures.

 Laura and I were beyond thrilled at seeing the new Through Our Hands, The Liberated Quilt exhibition at Bilston opening yesterday.

We've both put in such a lot of hard work on this and it was pure joy to see such interesting and different work, from the 24 international artists, that we were quite blown away!  The work was incredible - such a high standard - with new and interesting ideas with each piece.

The opening was yesterday afternoon, and we had about 100 visitors who came to have tea, cake and chat.  You can see Michala Gyetvai and Alicia Merrett getting ready for the afternoon in the photos - they were doing demonstrations and talking about their work.

I don't want to give too much away here - but you won't be disappointed if you make the effort to get to Bilston, which is a fabulous gallery, large, white walled, with lots of natural daylight and space.

Here's another first for you!  Performance dyeing.  Laura and I climbed a stepladder to start the dyes running through Clare Smith's pojagi piece called Bitter Harvest.  Over the course of the exhbition, the dyes will run and merge making some fabulous effects. Look at closely, you can see some beautiful patterns happening around the stitching and patterning in the cloth.

The artists taking part are: Annabel Rainbow, Alicia Merrett, Sandra Meech, Linda Colsh, Bethan Ash, Els van Baarle, Olga Prins-Lukowski, Bente Vold Klausen, Bobbie Britnell, Deidre Adams, Sue Benner, Jette Clover, Eszter Bornemisza, Claire Smith, Dijanne Cevaal, Elizabeth Barton, Linda Barlow, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Michala Gyetvai, Jeanne Williamson, Sara Impey, Susan Lenz, Laura Kemshall, Linda Kemshall.  How's that for a line up!!


And just in case you thought you'd hang on for the Festival of Quilts, well, we have a whole new show coming there, so this is your one and only chance to see some of the best makers in the world strutting their stuff!

7 comments:

  1. It is an entrancing and enlightening show and I was moved, amused, awed and educated! May I take this opportunity to shower you and Laura, and all the others who helped to create the event, with virtual accolades!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was lovely to see you yesterday - it's been a while! Brilliant of you to come so far and I hope you got back ok. Thanks again!!

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  2. Huge congratulations to all of you and especially you and Laura for having the vision and the energy to stage this exhibition. I hope I can get across to see it before it changes for Festival.

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    1. Thank you Julie, that's kind of you. It's worth a trip as you could make a day of it and visit 1 of the 3 national trust properties nearby ...I especially recommend Whitewick Manor, the arts and crafts house. I sure you'd love all the works!! A x

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  3. Looks wonderful and rather sorry it's a bit far away! Well done, all of you.

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    1. Thank you! It's quite an amazing collection, but will be there until 25th July for anyone interested.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to getting over to see this, it looks stunning.

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