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Saturday, July 04, 2015

contemporary quilts

i´m getting so behind... (esp the photo book i wanted to make about our Dresden trip... too much other things going on in summer - which is finally here!)
last week i visited an Exhibition of contemporary quilts (almost last Minute...)
this Museum is gorgeous, and the Special Exhibition was, too!
all of the quilts were big sized and hung properly. most of them were like large "Pictures" or wallhangings, some other fabric installations also were included.
it was allowed to photograph (without Flash) and so i did.
i will only Show the ones i liked best - though i must say i adored most of the Pieces (only few were quite "traditional", but well made, too - and only one Artist simply was completely failing my sense for artistic composition etc.)
i´m going to Show some of the pieces (in full and Detail) - all are lettered with the names of the artists, so you can Google them if interested in more.
my absolute favorite first:

185x165cm / 2012
"hier et demain/ gestern und morgen"
(translates: yesterday and tomorrow)
old Cotton, lace, photos
printed with various techniques (including photo Transfer), appliqué, handstitched and machine quilted
this Artist is looking for material on flea markets to include them in her creations


two creations of the same (swiss) Artist.
above: "Stickers Tagebuch"
(translates: stitcher´s diary)
182x182 cm / 2013
playing with the traditional Patchwork style of "samplers" she created this "collection" by handstitching the pieces 
below: "textiles Universum"
(translates: textile universe)
220x230 cm / 2013
taking fabric scraps, leftovers from previous works, she cut circles and padded them. she applied them to the dark Background and did free handstitching around them.


196x165cm / 2015
(translates: transmigration of the Soul)
used tea bags, Golden threads, golden paint
sewn, painted
thinking about life, death, parting and let loose... the fragile, transparent material of the tea bags corresponds with the fragility of life. injuries of the Soul are Shown by some fissures of the material... the golden threads and paint are representing the precious moments of life.

again two pieces from one Artist:
"Marathon 1" (103x328cm / 2012)
and "marathon 2" (180x180cm / 2012)
both pieces: Cotton, Acryl, rust, machine quilting
(the lower one here is worked in trapunto technique)
capturing the signs of time with the medium rust is apt to Show the unstoppable process of changings.

"der platz der Schamanin"
(translates: place of the female shaman)
floor Installation plus blanket
240cm Diameter / 130x160cm
old textiles and yarns, leather, beads, pieces of Shells, corals, hooks & eyes, seed, dyed mull, acrylics, raw wool, lace from soluvlies

(translates: parts of Meadows)
this Artist works in Transfer technique using "wonder under", printed with natural plants 
appliqué, machine stitching and quilting

138x215cm / 2012
"Mongolei" (one of two variations)
Cotton, acrylic Color
dyed, decolorized, painted, machine quilted
inspired by a travel to mongolia; worked after photos and sketches she made there

172x186cm / 2012
"128,07° W  51,39° W"
dyed Cotton and cotton-vilene, polyesterorganza, paper lamination of own photos, decolorized, machine quilted



These last three quilts are from the same Artist.
usually i photograph the printed Details that accompany the pieces,
so you can find the Details here:


  1. Boah .. was für eine sehenswerte Collection ! Gut dass Du es noch geschafft hast die Ausstellung zu besuchen!
    Schönes Wochenende !

  2. That looks an amazing exhibition both for itself and that it will provide lots of inspiration. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Thanks also, Johanna, for your helpful comments about how I display pages on my blog. Jx

  3. As someone who loves to make silly art quilts, I was quite impressed with the beauty and versatility of these professional ones. Each was enjoyable in its own right. I was simply thrilled that you showed so many of these. This exhibit would have taken my breath away, but it was equally lovely through your lens!

  4. wow,was für tolle werke,ich mag sowas auch sehr,nur mag ich allein kein museum besuchen,mich intersiren solche schönen quilts auch,schön das du es noch geschafft hast das ausstellung zu besuchen,danke ganz herzlich fürs zeigen.
    einen tollen tag für dich.

    GLg Jeannette

  5. Das muss im Original auf jeden Fall noch viel beeindruckender gewesen sein... und mit Sicherheit viel Anregung für dich und deine Stickarbeiten. Wenn du so weiter machst, wirst du bei der nächsten Ausstellung bestimmt auch vertreten sein!
    ... ich darf gar nicht darüber nachdenken, wie viele Stunden Arbeit in solch großen Stücken stecken - Wahnsinn! LG Ulrike

  6. They are all wonderful. Love that botanical transfer quilt. Xox

  7. Fabulous creative quilts, it was a pleasure to see the photos.

    Love and hugs

  8. Oh, wie schön! Schade, habe ich nicht gewusst... wäre ich bestimmt mitgegangen. Danke für die tollen Fotos!

  9. What an interesting exhibition. I wonder why they wanted to call them Quilts, I would have thought they were more like Art Textiles or Textile Art.
    Yes, I did like the first too, and tried to choose favourites from the others but it was difficult to choose.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Ja, das ist ja wirklich schön. Danke für die Fotos.
    LG Carola

  11. Textile art is fantastic and quilting is incredible!


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