The V&A and the Tower of Babel

I was so excited to see this piece – The Tower of Babel –  displayed at the V&A. Consisting of 3000 bone china shops (each around 10 cm high), this exhibit by the artist Barnaby Barford, went on public view just a few days ago. I love the way each tiny shop represents a real shop in London and that you can buy one of them too! I have to confess I have bought one or two.
Each is glazed with a photograph of a shop spanning everything from derelict shops to buildings like Harrods. I would recommend you visit it soon – the crowds were building whilst we were there today. You can get up close to the ‘shops’ – which is your favourite?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you get a chance to see it. The exhibition is on until 1st November 2015.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Three – Art Quilts

My appreciation for art quilts has grown in recent years. When I first started quilting 22 years ago, my work was focused on the accuracy of the cutting and piecing, and in making sure all those points matched. My materials were 100% cotton everything – threads, wadding and fabric – and all I made were heirloom quilts. Since joining the Embroiderers Guild, I have been introduced to new materials, new ideas and a love of experimenting. I love creating texture in my work and adore mixing velvet and silk with cotton, then overlaying it with threads and even more stitch.
The Art Quilts this year were stunning.

Beyond the Black Hole by Natalia Manley
Here are my favourite Art Quilts from the Show. Enjoy.

Time by Sue De Vanny

 

Bike Boys by Lea McComas

 

Silence by Jean McLean

 

Scandinavian Jumpers by Gillian Travis

 

Jirickna’s Spiral by Kate Findlay

 

More posts from the Festival of Quilts to follow.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Two – Traditional Quilts

The quilts in this category were beautiful and the standard was as high as ever. Traditional patchwork techniques were demonstrated in abundance on each quilt – applique, piecing, hand & machine quilting.  Being able to examine the quilts up close, I could see the skill and appreciate the hours of work that went into each and every single stitch. These are the kind of quilts I aspire to make. I am full of admiration for the dedicated needle women who made them. I stopped making large bed quilts in 2011. A change in job and a re-evaluation on life altered my creative journey. I stopped quilting and started embroidery. These wonderful quilts have inspired me to take up the rotary cutter and quarter inch sewing foot once more. I am looking forward to making my new quilt.
Here are my favourite pieces from this catagory. Enjoy.

Ladies of the Sea by Jacky Field
Another Sampler by Jean Ball
Dear Jane Seattle to Surrey by Victoria Eyers
Passacaglia in Blues by Asa Holmer
Billings Coverlet Reborn by Lynne Johnson
Madame Butterfly by Edna Marie Nylen

 

This stunning Quilt ‘Subtle Differences’ by Kay Bell was the Judges Choice – looks amazing from the back too.

 

 

The show was brilliant. I have lots more to share. More Festival of Quilts 2015 posts to follow.