Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

So a busy summer spent keeping the plates spinning  and juggling work, gardening, cooking, all the usual stuff that also prevents me from getting into my sewing room for those precious moments when I can relax behind my sewing machine or paint into my sketchbook.  I always find time though in August to go to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.  As always a huge array of talent and the most incredible quilts and textile artworks but here are just a few that caught my eye.


I loved this quilt which was basically a recipe for Oxford Marmalade with all the ingredients and the recipe itself embroidered onto the quilt.

The canvases on these deck chairs are all quilts. What a fantastic idea to do one of these at home instead of a boring old stripey canvas. More comfortable too if it's padded.


This quilt was made entirely from old jeans. 

A must on my visit to the Festival was to head to the Through Our Hands exhibition curated by the very talented textile artists Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow. 

This is one of Laura's quilts of her daughter Amelie.

Every Thought a Question by Laura's mother Linda Kemshall and the other half of the very successful on-line workshop and design school DesignMattersTV of which I subscribe too and can highly recommend. 

 Self Portrait in the Third Person by Annabel Rainbow
Annabel is one of my favourite quilt artists. Her work focuses on the age of the modern woman with each of her quilts telling a story and exploring themes of age, domesticity, identity and career.  Juggling the balls of womanhood!

This incredible 'darned' portrait by artist Jenni Dutton is of her mother and is just one in a series called The Dementia Darnings depicting her mother's battle with dementia. 

By artist Sue Stone 

Ophelia by Michala Gyetvai another of my favourite textile artists who felts threads onto old woollen blankets. 

A wry note to end on.  I loved this little portrait I found in the Through our Hands Portrait Shuffle  where the idea was to donate a portrait of your own in return for a portrait from someone else and all to help raise funds for Save the Children Fund. I think this is what I must look like when I am down on my hands and knees in the garden weeding.

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