Linen Works Exhibition

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Collection. Today it features stunning Modern Quilts from the Linen Works Exhibition by Sarah Hibbert.

Sarah combines hand stitching with linen textural fabric to create her modern artworks. Sarah’s gallery includes a selection of her recent work featured in her book From Collage to Quilt

Join author and modern quilter Sarah Hibbert  as she guides you through the colourful modern quilts in her Exhibition.  

Sarah Hibbert: https://www.sarahhibbertquilts.com/ 

Quilt from the Exhibition
Quilt from the Exhibition
Quilt from the Linen Works Exhibition
Quilt from the Linen Works Exhibition

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2022.

Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube ‘Meet the Artist’ Collection. Today it features the Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition – stunning American Quilts from the Kiracofe Collection.

Improvisationally pieced, bursting with colour, and unruly in the best of ways, 14 quilts from the Kiracofe collection were selected to go on display at The Festival of Quilts 2022.

In this video Roderick Kiracofe shares these stunning quilts and explains the stories behind the artworks.

https://youtu.be/rJ–qXZXuoM

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar Book
Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar Book

For over 30 years, collector and author Roderick Kiracofe has played a significant role in shaping the American quilt landscape. His second book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, now in its second edition, celebrates dozens of utterly unique — and gloriously unexpected — quilts from his famed collection. 

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar Book is available to purchase via this Amazon link.

Quilt from the Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition
Quilt from the Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition
Quilt from the Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition
Quilt from the Unconventional & Unexpected Too Exhibition

The old things I found in our basement, the garage, or my grandmother’s home around the corner in a small town in Indiana, delighted me. When I was in high school I started going to auctions in the neighborhood and on farms surrounding my hometown. These objects represented the vestiges of an earlier time. They intrigued me, and I was hooked.

My curiosity about the “unexpected” quilts of the last half of the 20th century led me to eBay and other sources for seeking them out. The quilts that I am most passionate about are pieced, often crudely quilted or tied, and full of printed fabrics.  Most importantly, they are the quirky, funky, and soulful expressions from a quilt maker who broke the rules.

Roderick Kiracofe
Quilt from the Exhibition
Quilt from the Exhibition

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2022.

Vendulka Battais – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube ‘Meet the Artist’ Collection. Today it features the work of artist Vendulka Battais.

Vendulka and her husband Oliver work together on designing and creating the quilts.

“I started with traditional squares and triangles, which gave me good skills I can now build upon,” Vendulka says. “My passion for free motion quilting took me away from piecing and more into whole cloth and art quilts. I’m also very lucky I can share this passion with my husband Olivier.” 

The intricate design of the quilts in this exhibition have been designed by Olivier and quilted by Vendulka. They then explored the use of glittery and metallic paints to bring more colour and, more interestingly, ‘bling’ to their work, which is not often seen in textiles.  

Browse and purchase the Marabu Metalic & Glitter Liners on Amazon.

Catch up with Vendulka and her stunning artwork at the Festival of Quilts 2022.

Vendulka and Olivier Battais’s Artwork: https://www.oliven.co.uk/

Each piece is dedicated to a different woman who inspired or influenced their textile journey. Since embarking on her textile art adventure, Vendulka has won awards at major quilt shows, including first runner-up in Wearable art at PIQF in California.

Artwork by Vendulka Battais
Artwork by Vendulka Battais

The couple won third place in the Great Northern quilt show in Harrogate and Best in Show at the Festival of Quilts 2021. 

Artwork by Vendulka Battais
Artwork by Vendulka Battais

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