tirsdag, april 27, 2010

Quilts 1700-2010, V&A April 2010

What can one say? I’d say: Go if you can. Buy the book if you can’t. And this: I for one want to go back.
The quilts were beautifully and thoughtfully displayed. The show provoked smiles, thoughts of empathy for the makers and deep respect for the craftsmanship performed yesterday and today.
Representing the latter category: Natasha Kerr, whose installation is on the cover of the book/catalogue.
The six years of hard work Sue Prichard and her colleagues have put down have paid off. – In the highest number of preordered tickets in the history of the museum, but not least in the interest in and pride in the cultural heritage of quiltmaking that the exhibition has promoted.
It was a thrill to see the quilts from Kaffe’s museum book in person. The one above was a coverlet probably made in 1829, by Elisabeth Chapman. The top had been attached to a board with cut out squares, that were like windows to the back. It was displayed in a glass monter so one could see both the front and the paper pieces still there in the coverlet’s back. Some of the pieces had beautiful hand writing on them – fragments of letters.
And the main reason I went to London this time: The coverlet “King George III reviewing the volunteers” I was amazed to see the size of the small rosettes – I measured them with my 6 inch ruler (yes, I brought it with me) to be about 4 inches in diameter. It is a most intriguing piece of work.
Taking pictures was not allowed. Here are some links to British bloggers who were invited to a special preview before the official opening of the show:
There are many more impressions whizzing through my brain. Maybe some will come forth in future postings.
For now – good night.

5 kommentarer:

Taryn sa...

Thanks for sharing your visit to the show. How wonderful you got the chance to go! Your description about the sense of linking to past quilters is a powerful testament to the exhbit designers.

Meredith sa...

Thank you for sharing about your visit. I am going and am very excited. the links for the otehr blogs are great. I think it is neat to see how something we go to moves us and inspires us.

Kathie sa...

oh this quilt AMAZED me too! oh please tell us more about the quilt !
I LOVE this book and am so glad I ordered it.
thanks for all these links...

Valentina sa...

Dear Una, It has taken me 3 visits to finally leave a comment. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been overwhelmed even paging through the book. So please, take your time, and share your impressions with us when you are able.

merumo sa...

What a gorgeous exhibition!! My blog friend who lives in London and went this exhibition referred me to get one of the iPhone APPs which shows some videos and pictures of their quilts. I enjoy that APP so much, but now I want this book!! And someday, I have to go to V&A museum to see their collection in person... Thanks for the inspirations.