On Thursday, August 11, Birmingham in Great Britain will become the centre of the quilting world once again. Because then the Festival of Quilts (www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk) will open its doors.
Until Sunday, August 14, over 1000 quilts by talented makers will be on display. Competition categories range from “My First Quilt” to “Fine Art Quilt Masters” and ensure there’s something to inspire everyone.
Extraordinary workmanship takes centre stage at the Festival in the professionally curated galleries where visitors can view exquisite textile art by acclaimed international artists like Claire Benn, Kaffe Fassett, Ingrid Press, Pam Stallebrass and Cécile Trentini. Groups of artists featured include Art Textiles: Made in Britain, the Dharavi Biennale, European Quilt Association, Quilts from Korea & Japan, the Magna Carta Quilt Association, Quinary, Studio Art Quilt Associates,The Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles,quilts from Russia and the 6th European Quilt Triennial.
There are fashion shows, the award ceremony, demonstrations by leading experts and the Virtual Studio (a live wet studio environment with artists working with different media). Each evening there are social events like the Designer Supper with Kaffe Fassett, The Festival Dinner or a visit to the theater to see “Hamlet” in Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
And last but not least there is the extensive shopping mall with over 300 shops offering everything one can look for and then some more.
I can’t wait to go there. If you are not able to come then check back here (or subscribe so you won’t miss it) – I will tell you everything about the event on August 16, showing you as many of the quilts as possible. In the meantime enjoy the quilts of last year’s Festival in this article or click here, here and here to switch to the articles about the Festival of Quilts 2015.