I spent last weekend in Veldhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands, at the Expo Veldhoven.
Expo Veldhoven is a quiltshow that evolved out of the Open European Quilt Championship. This festival exists since 1997 and was always held at the beginning of May. Last year the festival moved up the calender to October so Ada Honders organized another event in May – the Expo Veldhoven.
This year there were 20 guest collections – quilts from artists or groups specially invited to this festival.
The Modern Movement of Hungary showed their latest body of work. This artquilt-group spontaneously evolved after a workshop with Linda Colsh in 2006. The participants decided to meet regularly to extend their repertoire of art quilting techniques, to learn about the most recent trends, and to criticize each others’ works. Working around themes, the group has produced three collections „Connections” in 2009, „Layers” in 2011 and “Metamorphoses” in 2013. At Veldhoven the members of the group showed their latest quilts with the theme „Passages“.
Marlot Pennings of the Netherlands seems to be a really hardworking quilter. In her show there were numerous quilts, from large to small. Her quilts are densly quilted and have vibrant colors which make them glow. I especially liked the way Marlot presented her small quilts. Most of them were mounted in frames, thus enhancing the art.
Trijntje van der Horst is not only a quiltartist but also has a shop where she carries almost all Jinny Beyer-fabrics. And many of those find their way into Trijntje’s quilts. „The border prints of Jinny Beyer truly intrigue me. You can make such unique, beautiful quilts with classic and modern designs“ she says. At Expo Veldhoven she showed many of her quilts made with extraordinary skills in sewing and quilting.
A very special guest collection was the assemblage of cow quilts by Mary Lou Donahue Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland. Melanie and Mary Lou met at a quilting class where Mary Lou was the teacher. Mary Lou designed and made the first cow quilt “Purple Cow.” Melanie wanted one of her own and made “Holy Cow”. In the meantime over sixty talented fiber artists have contributed their cow quilts – a wonderful collection that makes you smile.
Textile artist Gillian Travis from Northern England travels a lot and she makes regular trips to India. Most of her art is inspired by these travels. She takes a lot of photographs and later uses them as inspiration which is clearly visible in her textile pieces.
Eva Have from Denmark is a self-taught quilter who started with traditional quilts but soon found it much more interesting to design her own quilts and make contemporary textile art. She finds inspiration in nature, in old pictures or even in stories which led to a great presentation with the inspirational photos next to the quilts.
A lot of you may know Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix from Switzerland as the European representative for SAQA. But she is also a prolific quilter who makes stunning art quilts. She often works with simple shapes such as squares and rectangles, cut and sewn in an improvisational way. Together with her use of hand dyed or batic fabrics this leads toamazing works of art in spectecular colours. (I will tell you more about Elizabeth and her beautiful quilts soon. Visit this magazine regulary so you don’t miss it.)
There were more great artists at Expo Veldhoven: Ferret from Great Britain with her machine quilted artworks, the tentmakers of Cairo with their colorful appliqué-quilts, a collection of quilts from Italy, the artquilt-group „By Design“ from England with an interesting concept (read more in the near future), Rachel Covo of Israel and Heidi Stegehuis from the Netherlands both with colorful quilts, Sophie Furbeyre of France with vibrant textile art and much more.
Expo Veldhoven was a great quiltshow with stunning quilts and (unfortunately 😉 ) a large vendor mall. I will definitely go back there in the future.