maandag 6 maart 2017

New Quilting

In December last year I received the following invitation:

"New Quilting – a gallery exhibition of Quilting today
3 March – 23 April 2017 at the Rheged Centre, Penrith.
Invitation to Exhibit
Dear Marijke Van Welzen,
New Quilting is an exciting upcoming exhibition that aims to capture the current world of quilting. I am writing to you now to invite you to submit some of your quilts to this exhibition. Set within a stunning contemporary gallery space with state of the art lighting and excellent presentation, the exhibition will run over 7 weeks and aims to attract an audience of over 10,000 visitors.The exhibition will be based in the Gallery at the Rheged Centre, Penrith. Rheged is an arts centre and tourism hub in the Northern Lake District in Cumbria. Each year Rheged has over 450,000 visitors, and the Gallery has over 80,000. The Gallery shows five exhibitions per year, including the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition, The Great Print Exhibition, a major family summer exhibition and two other of art and craft shows.New Quilting aims to challenge public perceptions of quilting revealing a strong and vibrant contemporary craft form that is just as likely to be found hanging on a gallery wall or urban loft apartment as it is in a rural farmhouse. It aims to attract a broad audience, encompassing quilting enthusiasts as well as those unfamiliar with this art form. We want to champion excellence in design and technique, as well as originality and creativity within the art form. We are calling the exhibition New Quilting because we want to show a capsule of what is being made today by quilters, and also because we want everyone who comes to the exhibition to see something new that they may not have seen before. There will be 30 to 40 large scale quilts on display on the gallery walls.At the heart of the exhibition lies the idea of storytelling, and how all quilts tell a story. This may be told directly through pictorial elements of the quilt, through the fabrics used to make the quilt, or more broadly as a representation of the achievements and accomplishments of the quilter who has made it – their story as a quilter. "

Rheged Centre, PenrithCumbria, UK
At first I Thought this was not for real ! Did they actually mean me?
But yes it turned out to be a genuine invitation ! I was asked to send three of my coats for this exhibition.

The complete list of artists includes: Abigail Booth, Alicia Merrett, Eileen Blood, Elfriede Grooten, Elizabeth Brimelow, Eszter Bornemisza, Greta Fitchett, Helen Howes, Janet Twinn, Jen Kelson, Joy Salvage, Judith Wilson, Kate Crossley, Kate Dowty, Marijke van Welzen, Marita Lappalainen, Michael Fitchett, Monika Steiner, Ramona Conconi, Sandie Lush, Sandy Chandler, Sara Impey, Susan Briscoe, Trudi Wood, Vera and Ctibor Skoček , Janice Gunner, John Winn, Sheena Norquay, Margery Milnes, Cas Holmes, and Christine Chester.

I must say I'm really chuffed to be in such good company.

So Thursday March 2 was the opening night with a Private View for invited guests.

The entrance of the gallery

The opening night was definitely bustling.
There were several speeches. The exhibition was officially opened by Margie Jenkins, president of the British Quilters' Guild.
A few of the artists were there as well.
I talked to many people and received a lot of compliments for my work.

Kate Crossley, Book at bedtime
I was even interviewed by a lady of BBC Radio Cumbria.

On Friday afternoon I went back to the gallery to take a good look myself.

In the centre of the gallery, in a small exhibition space, there is a special exhibit of four quilts from the Hellbeck Collection, kindly loaned by the Blackett-Ord Family. These quilts were originally collected by Rosemary Blackett-Ord from 1950 onward, and the quilts themselves date from as far back as the 18th Century. In a time when quilting had fallen out of fashion, she found a deep fascination in historical quilts from Cumbria and beyond, and the stories that they told. As quilts once again found popular favour, this collection of quilts became more well known and exhibited numerous times. Several of the quilts are now in the collection of the Bowes Museum.

quilts from the Hellbeck Collection

quilt from the Hellbeck Collection

In a new commission, artist Maddi Nicholson has used quilting as a way of researching and recognising the traditional country sport of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. She has worked with members of the Levens Quilters Guild to create new artworks for the exhibition. Last year, the first ever women’s world championship for Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling was held at Ambleside Sports. In response to this, and to her own childhood memories of attending matches at county fairs, Maddi has produced richly decorative wresting costumes, similar to those traditionally worn by wrestlers for important matches.

work by Maddi Nicholson

work by John Winn

The Gallery has a lovely Gallery shop with small works of all the artists for sale.

More information:

zondag 18 december 2016

2017 Preview IV

My coat Midsummernightsdream has been accepted for Wearable Expressions.
Exhibition dates February 10- April 16 2017, Palos Verdes Art Center, California.

you can read more about the exhibtion  here

you can read more about the coat here

2017 Preview III

My coat The Butterfly Effect will be travelling in the USA with the Hoffman Challenge exhibit in trunk A Clothing & accessories 
  • Mancuso World Quilt/ Florida, Orlando FL 19-21 January
  • Farmfest & Quilt show, Pioneer FL museum, Dade City FL 4-5 February

read more about this coat here

My coat There are Snakes Lurking in the grass will travel through Europe with the Textile Festivals exhibit of winners of OEQC 2016. Dates to be announced.

 you can read more about this coat here

zaterdag 17 december 2016

2017 Preview II

The Living World exhibit, with my quilt Moonlit Orchard will be travelling in the UK.

  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester: 2-4 February 2017
  • The Scottish Quilting Show, SECC, Glasgow: 2-5 March 2017
  • Fashion & Embroidery, NEC, Birmingham: 16-19 March 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Eikon Centre, Belfast: 30 March – 1 April 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, HIC, Harrogate: 6-8 April 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, ExCeL, London: 20-22 April 2017

My mini quilt Fata Morgana is travelling in the Gardens Around the world exhibition in Germany.  
  • 12. April – 13. Mai 2017, Dinslaken, Museum Voswinckelshof im Stadthistorischen Zentrum 

It is also published in a lovely Gallery book

you can read about the book here

2017 Preview I

In 2016 my work has been travelling the world and will continue to do so in 2017.

An update.

"We are pleased to inform you that your quilt, Descartes Highlands, Apollo 16, has been selected to be displayed with the Fly Me to the Moon exhibit at the International Quilt Festival/Chicago, April 6-8, 2016. Your work was greatly admired at the Festival in Houston in the fall.  Thousands of quilt lovers from around the world have enjoyed your work thanks to your generosity.

After the conclusion of the International Quilt Festival/Chicago, the Fly Me to the Moon exhibit will be travelling to the Home Machine Quilting and Sewing Show in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 4-6, 2017."                                        

The entire fly me to the moon exhibit ( All 179), including my quilt, Winterwonderland, will be at Road to California in January.                                        

read more about these quilts here

A book about  Flying to the moon will follow.

My quilt Twilight is travelling with the Lion King Challenge and will be at Road to California too. And many more places after that.

find the book here

zondag 28 augustus 2016

In the Pink

my coat In the Pink 

In the Pink
Inspired by the bright pink fabric with flower print I carefully cut out the pattern pieces. I added a lot of black flowers, leaves and bugs with black fabric paint and stamps, stencils and thermofax screens.

I wet-felted the sleeves and parts of the skirt.
To make a transition between the woven fabric and the felt I used my needle-felting machine to integrate the parts.


There is a lot of applique and free motion quilting.

At FOQ 2016

woensdag 10 augustus 2016

The Cherrywood Challenge: The Lion King

My piece Twilight for The Lion King Challenge has been juried into the Challenge!
It will be one of the 120 quilts in the traveling collection.

The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge 2016 is getting ready to hit the road to travel for over a year.

The amazing response to the challenge (over 300 entries) was juried down to a fabulous collection of 120 traveling quilts. These quilts were selected from a pool of Finalists.
All 138 Finalists appear in this beautiful keepsake photo book, including the artist's statements

To add a bit of colour I used colour pencils.

Inspired by the fabrics I decided to depict the Lion King in the desert. The sun is going down. The lion is sleepy. The vultures are waiting..... The feeling of suspense in the air. 

The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge Traveling Exhibit SCHEDULE  (120 quilts ) .
September 15-17, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Chattanooga, Tennessee
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will have a booth at the show.
October 6-8, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Des Moines, Iowa
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
November 2-6, 2016
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will be in booth (#??).
November - December 2016
Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, Minnesota
Gallery will be open on November 25, 26 and December 1-3
January 19-22, 2017
Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, California
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will have a booth.
Karla is teaching "Color Wheel" on Wednesday night.
February 2017
Stevens County Museum Gallery, Morris, Minnesota
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Karla will give a presentation TBA
March 30 - April 1, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
April 6-8, 2017
MQX, Manchester, New Hampshire
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
April 25-29, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Paducah, Kentucky
*Traveling Exhibit displayed at the Convention Center*
Cherrywood will have a booth at the Rotary Quilt Show which is in the Robert Cherry Civic Center. This is a different building than the main AQS show but is a sanctioned part of the show. It is a little jewel of incredible antique quilts, hand-picked vendors and the Hoffman Challenge.
The LION KING quilts will be at the convention center.
May 4-6, 2017
Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS), Salt Lake City, Utah
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
June 7-10, 2017
Minnesota Quilt Show, Duluth, Minnesota
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will have a booth. This is our home-state show, so we have lots in store for the exhibit!
June 22-24, 2017
Sew Original Expo, Reno, Nevada
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
August 17-20, 2017
World Quilt New England, , New Hampshire
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
September 7-9, 2017
QuiltExpo Madison, Wisconsin
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will have a booth.
September 14-17, 2017 (tentative)
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, Pennsylvania
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
October 12-15, 2017
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, California
*Traveling Exhibit displayed*
Cherrywood will be in booth #101.
November, 2017
Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, New York City, New York