Only one week to go and I am already exited and so much looking forward to the Festival of Quilts which will take place in Birmingham, England from August 6 to August 9, 2015. The Festival is definitely one of the largest shows in Europe and it is a wonderful mixture of beautiful quilts, great artists, interesting workshops, a huge shopping mall and friendly likeminded people. Did I mention that I am really looking forward to it?
What do I like most? I really can’t say because there is such a lot of things to see and do.
There are the workshops: Quick-and-easy courses that last one hour, demos, the workshops at the Quilting Academy lasting half a day or a whole day, lectures and panel discussions. And the Virtual Studio – here you can see artists working in a live wet studio environment using dyes, color removing agents, acrylics, rusting processes and other media.
And in the evenings there are the social events like the Festival Dinner, the Fashion Show or the Designer Supper. A highlight is a visit to the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of William Shakespeare.
Of course the main role is played by the quilts. Nearly 1000 competition quilts are shown this year, with entries from complete beginners, children and schools, through to professional quilters and textile artists. The winner of each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday and the quilts will be displayed in the Winner’s Gallery.
A large part of the quilts is shown in gallery settings. These are ‘rooms’ dedicated to one special artist or exhibit. The galleries this year will show
“Radiant Landscapes” by Australian quilter Gloria Loughman
“Searching for the invisible woman” by Linda Barlow
Portraits by Luke Haynes
“Food for Thought” presented by SAQA
Quilters of Mexico
“Maker – Making – Made” by the Art Quilt Group ‘Through our Hands’
The Tent Makers of Cairo
“Small Talk” by the Art Quilt Group ‘Quilt Art 30’
“Music … with a touch of red” – small quilts (30 x 30 cm/12 x 12 inches) presented by EQA (European Quilt Association)
“Adventures in Wonderland” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
and many more.
I think by now you will have realized that the Festial of Quilts is not to be missed if you are anywhere near England next week. I will be there (although I live more than 900 miles away). Did I mention that I am really looking forward to this event?
For all the details and information go to the Festivals website www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.
The Festival of Quilts
NEC, Birmingham, England
6 – 9 August, 2015