Earlier this month I visited The Festival of Quilts which is is something I never miss. There were over 1000 competition quilts along with exhibitions of individual and group textile artists. A great way to immerse oneself in the joy of stitch and of course a great excuse to stock up on bits and pieces for the studio/work room/sewing room/girl shed and add to your stash. I love the art and pictorial quilts and it's hard to believe sometimes that they are quilts and not paintings but here are a selection of my favourites.
There was an amazing exhibition from Through Our Hands, a group of affiliated textile artists, curated by Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow, with a mix of stitching, print, paint and mixed media.
Jenni Dutton has created a series of drawings called The Dementia Drawings which evolved from the time when she was a carer for her mother.
The drawings are actually darned portraits using thread sewn through netting stretched over canvas and are based on family photographs from albums that she and her mother looked through and became a way for Jenni to explore the themes of ageing and her mother's gradual loss of memory.
This was one of my favourites from the group category where here each artist has sewn a panel each for form one large quilt.
This textile group had based all their quilts on images of food. I love these tomatoes.
This was just a small selection of my favourites and I could have included many more but the blog would have been a mile long if I had. It was another great Festival of Quilts and I always come away with masses of inspiration not to mention more fabrics to add to my stash. I couldn't do a FOQ either without visiting my favourite art suppliers Art Van Go and this time I treated myself to a Gelli Printing Plate which I have always wanted. I just need to learn how to use it so lots to get on with for the coming Autumn and Winter months. Happy stitching!