Sunday, 21 August 2011

Quilts at Minerva
We had a lovely day out last week visiting the Summer quilt exhibition at Minerva. Although Llanidloes is only 80 miles away from where I live it takes more than two hours to get there as the roads are winding and at this time of the year there are many tractors, combine harvesters and hay trucks travelling slowly along the narrow roads. But it was definitely a worthwhile trip as we all agreed that the quilts were fabulous.
The highlight of the exhibition for me were the quilts made by the textile group Zero3. Here are a few for you to enjoy.
This beautiful, peaceful quilt by Karen Farmer was called Pathways. Many of the sections within the piece were hand painted or screen printed using leaves that she had collected to inspire the imagery.
Audrey Critchley's quilt, Wisley revisited 2, developed from many layers of techniques including dyeing, screen printing and discharging using images of flowers drawn during visits to Wisley.
Sarah Welsby uses the technique of paper lamination in very exciting ways and this piece, Church Street, Kingston, incorporates laminated images of shops enhanced by beautiful machine quilting.
Photographs of boats inspired Cindy Kearney to design these exciting pieces, Storm and Dusk. Cindy uses soy wax as a resist before painting with bleach. I love the effects she achieves.
Karen Mallik screen printed discharge paste onto dyed fabrics to create this bold imagery.
Esther Silverton used the Log Cabin block in an interesting way to showcase the intricately pieced centre sections inspired by her photographs of a swimming pool. this was one of two quilts entitled Ripples.


There were two other exhibitions displayed at Minerva which provided an interesting contrast to the work above. DeAnne Hartwell-Jones had some of her antique Welsh quilt on show alongside her own quilts inspired by her collection. There was also a fascinating exhibition of miniature quilts made by the award winning quilter, Dorian Walton. These quilts are amazing. I have no idea how anyone can stitch such perfect stitches to such a small scale!
Tulips from Amsterdam measures 17.5 x 21.5cm and was just one of the many on show.
There was lots of inspirational work at the exhibition and when you feel that your head will burst with all of the ideas buzzing around, you look down and see patterns like this in the pavement! 
Hope you have enjoyed exhibition taster. It is open until 3 September so there is still time for a great day out.
Speak to you soon
Edwina

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