Inspiration - Festival of Quilts

"Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you." Those words spoken by Grace Coddington in the September Issue sums up perfectly how the creative mind should work. A never ending search for a spark, a lightbulb moment that sets of the realisation of a vision. 

The Festival of Quilts held each year in August at the Birmingham NEC is a wonderful example of this. After all it was at this very event that the first fruits of Grin & Bear were conceived so it is with a great deal of excitement that i return each year, hoping to be inspired and discover something new.

Often when you hear the world quilts, images of a bygone era can be conjured up but what the FOQ does it bring together a community of creative individuals in a unique celebration of craftsmanship of quilting. 

The first work of art that grabbed my attention is by Cecile Trentini. Her work is based on circles, spirals and twirling lines which is then transferred onto fabric and stitch using different coloured threads. It's based on the French surrealist technique "écriture autmatique" (automatic writing). It is a spontaneous intuitive way of working, not thinking. Simply following the swirls and ultimately the sewing machine every which way it wants to go.  

 Cecile Trentini's Circonvolutions Series

Cecile Trentini's Circonvolutions Series

 Cecile Trentini  

Cecile Trentini  

The Quilters Guild Challenge is an important part of the exhibition will gives quilters the opportunity to have their works exhibited and judged and winners are chosen by a panel of judges. The theme this year was "On the Beach"

Below is the winning quilt by Laura Kemshall.

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Michael Dankwah