It’s been an incredibly busy couple of weeks at the QA. As you will have seen from our news section, our annual summer exhibition is now up and running. It truly does look stunning and we’re so pleased with how it looks.
Gallery One has attracted attention because of the unusual pieces of new work by Ruth Singer. Ruth came to look at some of our oldest quilts and was inspired by the stains and areas of wear and tear the quilts had acquired over their long lives. The piece in our front window, which she calls Tracery, reflects the way that quilts disintegrate over time – the fabric decaying but the stitching remaining in place.
She has also produced some wonderful stained pieces which our visitors can touch and spread out to see the full effect.
The patchwork blocks have proved very popular with young and old alike. These are blocks of wood covered in fabric which can be moved around to form different patchwork patterns, although our younger visitors like to make buildings out of them. On our preview evening we had a beautiful castle made by Elin, and during our opening morning two lovely young visitors made a wonderful house!!
Many of our visitors have been surprised to find that the antique quilts in the exhibition are so worn but of course these are the ones that Ruth found so fascinating. Some of them have their reverse sides on show in order to display the wonderful staining on the back or worn patches, like the two below:
One of the pieces is merely a fragment of an unfinished top – but what a beauty it is, complete with paper pieces that our visitors can examine through a magnifying glass.
There truly is something to interest everyone – whether you are a quilter or not. In fact, on the opening morning (at the risk of sounding sexist) many of the gentlemen visitors surprised themselves by actually enjoying looking at the exhibits.
The exhibition in Gallery Two, a retrospective of the work of Bobby Britnell, was an absolute delight to put up. The four Trustees who make up the Exhibition Committee (including yours truly) got far too excited when we realised we could turn a corner of the space into a reading room. Bobby’s two pieces Library and Bookshelves became the focal point and we dressed the rest of the room accordingly, including a table borrowed form our local furniture store on which was placed a book called, appropriately, Minerva – genius idea, Joy!!
If you want to see more photos there are lots on our facebook page:
I really don’t have time to post more – it’s time for the last episode of Poldark!!
Suffice to say we had SUCH fun putting up the whole exhibition although we are now exhausted. However, tomorrow is another day and we go again with a two-day workshop tutored by Bobby which we’re SO looking forward too. I’ll post some photos of that as soon as I can. Until then, thanks for reading!!!