Thursday, 14 April 2016

International Threads in Beaujolais

I took the train to Beaujolais on Monday, with most of the quilts packed into the large red suitcase.

Barbara met me at the station in Freising and threw me some more - her - quilts, which we packed into the suitcase, too. Because of time constraints in jumping off one (late) train, repacking, and getting onto the next one only a few minutes later, no picture of this momentous occasion was taken.
But here is a picture of the legendary suitcase in Chalon-sur-Saone:

Unfortunately, this may be its last trip, because whereas in this picture the handle still is extendable, it has now blocked, and pulling or carrying the case without an extended handle is not a pleasant entertainment. In any case - I got to Beaujolais alright.
We are part of Quilt Expo Beaujolais which has been renamed:

Our gallery is right next to the SAQA-exhibition "Two by Twenty", in the upper left hand corner of the floor plan (no. 51):

Despite the fact that we have a good-sized gallery space, I could not put up all our quilts, so I chose the complete sections 'blue' and 'red' and 'change of scale'. Most of 'black to grey with a bit of color' (Kathy's  textilie sketch of the prize winner is in the middle of the picture), a couple of 'proof of sketching' and a small selection of 'lines'.

Visitors are very favorable, they admire the variety of styles AND the homogeneity of appearance at the same time. The arrangement works very well, and it transitions from one color to the next nicely. It is a lot of fun to be sitting in this exhibition!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

thank you, International Threads!

You will remember the gray scale challenge that was the second quilt in International Threads' existence.  Our dear late Ita Ziv was the one who gave this challenge, and the rules were that you had to use a wide variety of shades of gray, plus only a tiny bit of another color.  I loved the quilt I made for that challenge, which was a new technique for me.

I wrote about it here.  Some time after this post, I decided on a name:  Linear A, after the ancient Greek writing that was eventually deciphered by archaeologists.

Linear A, 2013, 16 x 32"

I loved the technique, and the quilt, so much that I decided to make it again, virtually identical in design and fabrics, except almost three times the size.

Linear B, 2014, 42 x 73"

I'm so happy to report that the big one is now in Art Quilt Elements, a juried show at the Wayne Art Center outside Philadelphia, and it won the juror's award, which is the second prize, right after best in show.  And it never would have happened without International Threads.