From August 7 to 10 the Festival of Quilts will take place in Birmingham (Great Britain). This quilt show has become the largest celebration of patchwork, quilting and textile art in Europe during the last 12 years. It was launched in 2003 and I have been there for 9 of these 12 shows. And it became better and larger each year.
There are more than 30 gallieres showcasing the work of professional artists, more than 1000 quilts entered into competitions, a fashion show, more than 100 workshops and lectures and over 300 companies, selling everything you are looking for.
What I am especially looking forward to are the galleries. Those are “rooms” for the work of one artist, usually with the artist present. It’s a great way to meet an artist and chat with her about her art. This year one can find
Eszter Bornemisza from Hungary with her sophisticated quilts
The London Modern Quilt Guild
“Emotion in Art” – abstract quilts from Ineke van Unen from the Netherlands
Susan Shie from the US with her quilts “This American Life”
Alicia Merrett with her wonderful quilted maps
European Art Quilt VIII – a juried exhibition of textile art by European artists
The Russian Quilt Gallery with quilts inspired by nature from Elena Folomyeva
Textile Art by Gabi Mett (Germany) and Judith Mundwiler (Switzerland)
“Crossroads” – a gallery with quilts by quilt groups from the Middle East
The SAQA gallery with the show “People and Portraits”
and many more.
More than 1000 quilts that were entered into the competitions are shown on the showfloor as well. With entries from complete beginners, children and schools, through to professional quilters and textile artists these quilts make a spectacular and inspirational exhibit.
The “Quick & Easy Workshops” offer taster sessions in a choice of over 160 classes. They will get your creative juices flowing.
Another highlight is the “Virtual Studio”. The virtual studio was established to enable visitors to see artists working in a live studio environment. The studio is a wet studio, so the artists will use dyes, color removing agents, acrylics, rusting and so on. Each artist will work for at least three hours in a row so that she can really get some significant work done. I have never seen such a setting in any other quilt show and I highly recommend it as it is very inspirational.
The Festival of Quilts is a wonderful show with so many quilts that you can’t see them all in one day. And it is just a 90 minutes train ride from London. If you have the chance to go there – don’t miss it. Maybe we’ll see each other.
Festival of Quilts
August 7 – 10, 2014
NEC, Birmingham, Great Britain
daily 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm