archive for April 3rd, 2007
venturing tentatively into the online world of art quilts (why do i find the very idea so off-putting? i think my deeply ingrained art-scepticism instinctively baulks at it – to my mind the whole point of a quilt is that it keeps somebody warm) i’ve found a whole heap more links to drop for later reference:
ragged cloth cafe
art quilt reviews
squidoo: art quilts
quilting is apparently part of the fabric (heh) of society in the us, but here it feels like a rather unlikely thing to do. casting around to find some kind of british tradition i could link into i found quiltart. i’m especially taken by the work of elizabeth brimelow and ann fahy, both speak to the latent archaeologist in me. and for sheer fabric joy i don’t think mary fogg can be beaten.
early quilt history, wholecloth quilts, inc. welsh, at quiltersmuse.
vintage welsh quilts can be seen (and purchased) here. tangentially, she also has a stock of welsh nursing shawls, which i feel somehow duty-bound to at least have a try with, although the traditional carry is one-handed, rather than hands free. and on the same tangent i must remember to post a pic of my new mei tai – it’s one of the loveliest textiles that’s come into my possession in a loooong time.
quiltstory has an up to date list of uk exhibitions and events, as well as various articles with a uk slant.
fabric dyeing 101 – definitive dyeing resource (which will follow in due course, i have no doubt ) i’ve also really enjoyed reading her hard-won insights into running an art-based home business (ongoing series).
and shannon, i’m totally up for a swap at some point – especially if it involves french knots – but right now would be a dreadful time for me to commit to anything. ask me again in about 4 months time, once i have an idea of whether our new arrival is a sleeper or not
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