International Textile Exhibition
A rare chance to see some of the best textile art in Europe, if not the world, opening 9 January until 4 March 2018
‘Trip to the End of the World’ is this year’s theme for the '23rd Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork textile competition' with the winners and a short list of 38 selected by a panel of international judges from the hundreds of entries by artists from Italy, South Korea, France, the Czech Republic, China and many others. These make up the touring exhibition – where traditional techniques including patchwork, quilting and embroidery are used to create what is best described as extraordinary, contemporary wall-hangings some of them, from a distance, almost appear as paintings.
‘Trip to the End of the World’ follows last year’s ‘The Magic of Colour’ which drew audiences from Scotland and all parts of the North of England. What better way to start the New Year . . .
Details of some of the textile artists whose work will be exhibited.
Rita Dijkstra-Hesselink (Netherlands)
Rita’s consists of contemporary modern quilts using hand dyed fabrics, often combined with silk. She is interested in contrasts, both in shape and in colour. The fabrics are sometimes processed extra with textile paint or oil crayons, for example, by screen printing, templates or stamps. She also uses materials such as organza, angelina and angelwire.
She is a member of art groups Colorminds and ImportArt.
Sylvia Rouffet Veronique (France)
For many years my work focused on using patchwork and embroidery together. I then introduced painting in my work. My speciality is to paint on natural linen, adding textile elements or other materials. For example with the work selected by the Carrefour Européen 2017, entitled "Ferveur de Pleine Lune" I added some organza and then I quilted slightly by hand to respect the delicacy of the subject.
Romana Černá (Czech Republic)
Since my childhood I liked sewing as a hobby. 15 years ago I began with traditional Patchwork and early started using some mixed media technics in my works. Nowadays I´m focused mainly on art quilts. The inspiration for my quilts are nature and ordinary life around myself. For several years I work as a member of committee Prague Patchwork Meeting and cooperate on organisation of workshops for this exhibition. I have displayed my work in numerous exhibitions in Europe. I´m a member of SAQA, Art Quilt Harbour and the regional formation Bohemia Patchwork Club.
Shin-hee Chin (USA)
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Shin-hee Chin received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University. Shortly after, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and raised two kids while earning her MA in Fiber Arts from California State University at Long Beach.
Shin-hee’s primary medium and method her work (fibre, thread and stitching) provides a unique agent of interpretation with their tactile richness, vibrant colour, multilayered depth, as well as the complex cultural roles of this medium. By incorporating fibre, she converts the conventionally feminine activity of needle works into a medium for art making. The slow, repetitive nature of stitching enables her to be more mindful of the present moment.
Barbara Lange (Germany)
I am an artist who works mainly with hand-dyed silk and colour gradations. My main theme are insects, the evolution of life, and our role in life, both symbolised through the gear wheels I use in my pieces. I have exhibited and taught all over the world, my latest bigger events being in China. Apart from pursuing my own quilting career, I volunteer as President of the Patchwork Guild of Germany, which sometimes turns out to be a second full-time job. But I love doing that because it offers so much creative space completely different to my textile occupations.
Marianne Burr (USA)
"My work is a joyful enterprise. I'll never tire of ways to paint lustrous china silk with new colour combinations. On the silk, they seem to grow from within. With the hand stitching that adds texture to my designs. I've chosen a labour-intensive way to work that provides the pleasure of constant challenge"
Maria Stoller (Switzerland)
I have been working with textiles for many years now and have in the last 5 years been working on a theme that has interested me all my life, namely kinship and the relationships we all experience. My use of the portrait and emotion has been part of my work since this new beginning. It is a very complex subject, one I don't think I'll ever truly be finished with. As support for my textile work, I draw and paint.
Gabriele Völler (Germany)
The theme of my quilts is nature: flowers, trees, landscapes. The basis for my patchwork is usually a photo taken by me. The design, the choice of fabric and color and the difficulty of sewing a "picture", fascinates me. I deliberately use commercial fabrics. For me it is a challenge to use these fabrics in such a way that I reach my goal. Quilting, which gives the work relief and structure, is also very important to me.
Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork
Launched in 1993 to mark the 300th anniversary of Jacob Amman’s founding of the Amish community in the Alsace valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork is now the largest Patchwork festival in the world, attracting more than 22,000 visitors.
Quilting has always played an important role in Amish life; traditionally sewn by the women of the community as functional bed-covers and commemorative pieces to mark marriages and births, these quilts are still made in the region today, making it the perfect location for a celebration of the best the contemporary patchwork and quilting the world has to offer.
Unlike most textile shows, which tend to be held in exhibition centres, this one is scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up the Val d’Argent; Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Lièpvre and Rombach-le-Franc. Historic buildings, places of worship and village halls are all transformed into temporary galleries, together exhibiting over 1200 beautiful, fabric-based art works.