|"Glazovo" by Adinka Tellegen.|
According to Professor Dr Frieder Hepp of the Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg (one of the organizers of this exhibition) in the foreword to the exhibition catalogue, an appearance at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham has led to an increase of English quilter participation. And many of the quilts that got my attention were indeed British. Britain has also contributed with the only male participant, which is attributed by Hepp to William Morris´ legacy. I suppose the average German male finds quilting a bit girly...
|In the foreground, "Home Sweet Home" by Birgitte Kopp.|
|Detail from "Cloud Computing": plastic, string, pen.|
|"Cloud Computing" by Allie Kay, in its entirety.|
James Fox. It is a traditional quilt with a mix of classic English symbols: a football, teacups, Victorian sentimental images of doves and burning hearts. The name of the quilt is "I know there´s many things I´ve never seen..." and the title is also embroidered around the football in the center of the quilt. I suppose I have to call it camp, and actually, in retrospect, it was more fun up close than from a distance. The idea of its Britishness endeared it to me at first sight.
Another English participant, Alicia Merrett, has noticed the likeness between a quilt and a city map, and has made a very handsome quilt based on what London looks like from above. She calls it "Mayfair 1761", and I suppose that´s exactly what this is.
It´s also hard for me to resist quilts that are made of all those kinds of things that sewers, knitters and embroiderers tend to collect: old buttons, tiny scraps of beautiful fabrics, zippers, thread, a meter or two of yarn, pearls, and so on. Vera Shcherbakova´s "Chrismas time" is a glam-fest, it even has bits of mirror sewn onto it. And fur, which feels very Russian, somehow; it makes me think of bitter-cold steppes.
There were also entries that were political, like Jutta Kohlbeck´s "Surveillance State" - a piece with a current topic, as it happens. Not that it´s really new; I understand that George Orwells "1984" rose precipitously on amazon´s bestseller-list after the Snowden incident. Kohlbeck has made a quilt with many, many eyes and some of them hang loosely attached to the quilt itself.
The one piece that really would have made my grandma snort, would have been Ulrike Lindner´s "Colours in the wilderness". This is not handicraft as much as art, a play with the concept of quilting. It has a wonderful 3D quality to it.
Dumont-Simone says in the catalogue that this is a textile diary for summer and autumn of 2011: every square represents a day. Can´t find anything about her on the net, so perhaps she does live in a fairy tale castle.
|In the middle of the room: "At the same time", Gabi Mett.|
There were, of course, so many more quilts to see, all equally fantastic. I have been trying to find a website for the Quilt Triennial, but there doesn´t seem to be one. If it comes to your town, I recommend a visit, even if you´re not that into handicraft. This goes way beyond that.
|"The difference" by Cecília Gonzáles-Desedamas.|