As curator of Australia Quilts, the extra-European guest country of honour exhibition at the 20th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting, and one of the members of the Twelve by Twelve Colourplay challenge, naturally my priority was to attend these exhibitions and be available to provide additional background for viewers. And boy was it busy at our exhibition venue. I’ve posted lots of photos on a dedicated Australia Quilts Flickr page to give you more of an idea:
However, on my teaching day, I did make the most of the extended lunchtime to visit some of the other exhibitions in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines including:
- Rewriting – monumental felt and wool works of Inger Johanne Rasmussen – I didn’t take photos but check out these posts by l”Atelier d’Emma and Frauke Schramm;
- Spaces, Places, Traces – delicate, botanical themed works by Cas Holmes including the installation of a collaborative work. For photos, see Frauke Schramm’s post;
- Imagine – 2014 International European Patchwork Meeting contest;
- Amish quilts from the collection of Jacques Legeret; and
- Patchwork Mosaic Russia – European guest country including these two quilts: Russian Song by Marina Mamonova and The Song of Uraltau by Alfiya Nugumanova.
And on Sunday morning, UK textile artist Kate Dowty and I stopped by in Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines. What a wonderful collection!
Nature, a group exhibition by Crossing Ocean and curated by Jane Rollason. There are lots of photos on the Crossing Oceans Facebook page but here are a couple of my favourites:
The 12th Quilt Nihon contest was a real highlight:
Students from my Serendipity Circles classes may be interested to see this work that incoporates improvisational pieced circles:
The combination of improvisational piecing and transparency in this work by Noriko Endo was quite captivating:
I was drawn to the shapes and lines (not to mention the colour scheme) in this improvisational work:
The fine lines and texture of this work are quite remarkable. It’s not so apparent in this photo but there are circle and oval shapes too. Definitely a piece to linger over.
I also enjoyed the special 20th anniversary exhibition at Parc Minier du Tellure by a selection of artists that have exhibited at EPM over the years. Each artist presented an older piece and a new one especially made for this event. Alas my camera battery died and I have not found any photos online but it was fascinating to see the development. (Send me a link if you know of one! and I’d also love to see a listing of the participating artists.)
This is just a small sample of the hundreds (thousands?!) of quilts on display at Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting this year. I’m keen to return! Next year, the dates are 16-19 September 2015.