Sunday, 9 May 2010

quilts

today I visited the V&A and their new exhibition on quilts. It was AWESOME. I can't wait to start my own quilt patchworking, the exhibition was so inspiring.
(the pics here really don't do it justice)

Set of  Chintz bed hangings (detail), 1730-50. Museum no. 242-1908.

Set of Chintz bed hangings (detail), 1730-50. Museum no. 242-1908.

Quilts - Hidden Histories, Untold Stories

Detail of a patchwork quilt


Patchwork  of silk, England, about 1860-70.  Print available from V&A Prints

Patchwork of silk, England, about 1860-70. Print available from V&A Prints


Most of all I loved the work of the 'Fine Cell Work' a charity who help rehabilitate prisoners by teaching them embroidery and quilting skills. They sell their work to help support themselves and their families, and get much needed productive and recreational enjoyment from a learned skill. Please have a look at their work.










I realise the idea of prisoners creating artwork and making money from it could be quite contentious, please let me know what you think....

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

tara donovan

awesome work of tara donavan