Spring has (nearly) sprung…

…And when Spring arrives we know it’s time for World Textile Day!!  This annual event takes place every March at our home, the Minerva Arts Centre, and is a very eagerly anticipated event.  This year it’s happening on Saturday 17th March, opening at 10am and closing at 4.30pm.  There is always lots to see and the Fair Trade market gives you the opportunity to handle and buy fabric that you can’t find anywhere else. At 11am Susan Briscoe will be giving a presentation called ‘Hand to Hand: Japanese Sashiko’ and at 2pm there will be a panel of experts discussing their most treasured textiles plus a short talk.  There is free entry on the day, and tickets for the two above mentioned sessions can be bought on the door – £3 per session or £5 for both.  Refreshments will be available, prepared and served by our local quilt group, Welsh Heritage Quilters. Don’t miss out on a wonderful day.

Our next event, also eagerly anticipated, is this year’s exhibition by Welsh Heritage Quilters (WHQ).  Opening on 24th March and running until 7th April, this exhibition, called True Colours is open from 10am until 4.30pm every day except Sundays.  These exhibitions by WHQ happen every two years and are well known for the wide range of items displayed and visitors always remark on how colourful the displays are. So this year the group decided to use this as a theme and you will find quilts and other items using the colours of poppies to mark the centenary of the Armistice; the colours of the Suffragette movement; the colours of the Welsh flag, as incorporated into the group’s logo and generally just wonderful use of colourful fabrics – both vibrant and muted.

Here are a few images to whet your appetite!!

A quilt in the colours of the suffragettes by Jackie Morley

Poppies by Pauline Sherwood

Owl by Chris Lane

See what I mean about the colourfulness!!! I’ll add more later.

In the meantime, I hope(especially if you’re in the UK) you’re enjoying the weather. Looking fprward to seeing you in beautiful Mid-Wales soon!!

Reasons to be cheerful

What a gloomy time we’re having here. Although the cold snap saw very low temperatures, at least the clear skies meant that the sun was able to show his face a little. Now it’s warmer but overcast, the sky a never-ending wash of grey. But cheer up!! Here at the Quilt Association we have lots to look forward to in the first few months of 2017.

Our first exhibition of the year opens on March 8th, is called Passion for Fashion and consists of an inspirational collection of clothes by a group of innovative designers. I’ll give you more details nearer the time. That runs until March 22nd. Then on March 25th it is World Textile Day here at the Minerva Arts Centre. This is always a very busy, popular day when we welcome visitors from far and wide to view stunning woven, printed and embroidered fabrics from around the world and buy scrumptious things from the Fair Trade market. There’s also a presentation, at 11am, by Liz Beasley of Añañuca Chilean Textiles called Dyeing to Weave: Of Spiders, Plants and Pigments in Chile. Sounds fascinating! Here’s a link to their website: http://www.worldtextileday.co.uk

 

A selection of items in the Fair Trade market in 2016

 

 

 

 

On the workshop front we begin with a two day workshop led by Linda Paris called Print and Stitch which will give participants the opportunity to learn the techniques of thermofax printing and to create a unique stitched item. The first day of the workshop is on 31st March with the follow-up day on 4th April. More details here: http://www.quilt.org.uk/index.php?topic=workshopdetail&id=103&year=

 

 

 

Here’s an example of Linda Paris’ work from her website  http://www.linda-paris.co.uk

Gorgeous!!

 

Our second workshop of the year follows on 8th April when Sandy Craig will be giving some lucky people an Introduction to lino printing. Details here: http://www.quilt.org.uk/index.php?topic=workshopdetail&id=102&year=

I’ve always wanted to have a go at lino printing.  Let’s hope I survive it with all fingers intact.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks and we’re so looking forward to welcoming you all to the Minerva Arts Centre.