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Minerva Quilts 11

18 July 2011 - 3 September 2011

This year’s summer exhibition is an exciting combination of antique and contemporary quilts.

The exhibition features antique Welsh quilts from the collection of DeAnne Hartwell-Jones, alongside her own contemporary works which have been inspired by the collection pieces. There are quilts showcasing the broad range of the Welsh patchwork and quilting tradition, from wholecloth, log cabin, tailors’ samples and medallion patchwork quilts.

 

DeAnne lives in Aberaeron in West Wales. She has been a quilter for 40 years and says: “I have enjoyed every moment of this long learning curve. I work by hand and the challenge is always perfect piecing. I love colour and fabric, so patchwork has been the ideal medium for me to work in.”

   

  

DeAnne has her own website which you can find here.

Contemporary textile work by the group Zero3 features in Gallery 2. Signature III opens at Minerva before touring the UK. Zero3 takes its name from the year in which it was formed (2003). The group’s aim is to share and promote its knowledge through exhibitions and workshops. The artists offer an insight and understanding of modern textiles and techniques from dyeing and printing to mixed media, stitch and three dimensional construction. Members include graduates from the Stitched Textiles course at East Berkshire College, Windsor, as well as textile artists from other disciplines.

 

Dorian Walton, Quilt Association member and second prize winner at last year’s Festival of Quilts, will be exhibiting some of her exquisite miniature quilts. Dorian was born in St Asaph, North Wales. Her mother, a machinist from Manchester, taught her to sew though she did not start quilting until expecting her first son.  She joined her local group, Icknield Quilters, in 1991 and the annual challenge in 2000 was to make a miniature quilt - Dorian was ‘hooked’.  She says “I enjoy the challenge of reducing, then constructing, a design without losing the impact  of a full-sized quilt, and they’re so easy to store!”

 

For information on workshops taking place during the exhibition click here.

The exhibition will be open daily from 10.30am – 4.30pm (except Sundays). For further information about the exhibition, contact The Quilt Association at The Minerva Arts Centre on 01686 413467 or email: quilts@quilt.org.uk