A very enjoyable meeting on Saturday- plenty of old faces and a good number of new ones too.
We began with a review of the Halfway Between exhibitions- lots of positive feedback had been gained from visitors and good experiences from those who had stewarded.
The next activity was a stamping and printing session on a long length of Merete's hand-dyed fabric before lunch.
The surprise and delight for me after lunch was that the fabric was my thank you present for my time spent in the role as Exhibitions Officer. Thank you everyone - so much nicer than a card. I shall treasure the fabric in my stash and one day it might become a creation of one kind or another! It may be a while as I had just brought the quilt that took 10 years to complete to the 'show and tell'.
In the May session we explored the latest Suitcase Collection from Contemporary Quilt. 43 quilts on the theme of 'All in a days work'. Some lovely techniques and compositions on show and some interesting compositions. We then went on to imagine that we were curating an exhibition. How would we select 10-15 quilts? Considering theme and approach? What influence does technique and execution have on the decision? How would the quilts be displayed? The exercise raised some interesting discussions and thoughts on the process. Useful for all to sit on the 'other side of the fence' for a change and made many realise that rejection may have nothing to do with the quality of a quilt but everything to do with simply not 'fitting' with the vision of a curator or an individual exhibition.
News and progress from the group