Since 1995 the Val d’Argent (the Silver Valley) in Alsace France has been happy to welcome quilters from all around the world who love to discover new prestigious exhibitions, get some inspiration, learn new techniques or wonder in the aisles of the commercial area dedicated to patchwork and quilting.

The 20th anniversary edition is going to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and all visitors will most certainly enjoy an even more exciting programme.

This year there are two exceptional shows each day.

KIMONO SHOW: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of September at 11.30am and 2.30pm – 45mn Parc Minier de Tellure (Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines) Entrance free – seats limited! Traditional Japanese Kimono art with superb kimonos. Curator: Mrs. Kato, president of the Tokyo Kimono School

RUSSIAN SHOW: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of September at 11.30am and 2.30pm – 45mn Parc Minier de Tellure (Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines) Entrance free – seats limited!  An exceptional show focusing different aspects of Russian fashion: traditional ethnic costumes (Verena Golubeva private collection), reproductions of traditional old woven costumes hand embroidered and embellished with laces, stage costumes as well as contemporary costumes in patchwork made by Helen Voronova and at last, a glimpse at the Russian designer Nicolas Teryuhina’s creations.

THE EPM AND ITS ARTISTS FROM 1995 TO 2014

For 20 years, artists have most certainly evolved! The EPM is very curious to know more about this evolution and this is why it invited those artists who have already exhibited their work during this event within those past 20 years, to send one old and one new piece together with an explanatory statement. Most of the artists not only agreed to send their quilts, but also to be present, a good opportunity for the press to interview them. Let’s meet at the Parc Minier de Tellure which is lending its wonderful venue for this exceptional exhibition. Free shuttles every 15 minutes from the Theatre of Ste Marie aux Mines to Tellure and return.

The new EPM international contest (“Imagine”) consisting of 43 quilts selected by an international jury, will be exhibited in a brand new venue – the refurbished building of Val Expo in Ste-Marie-aux-Mines. To discover the winners, please attend the award ceremony on Thursday 18th of September at 2.15pm – Val Expo building, Ste-Marie-aux-Mines.

EPM IS ALSO…. 4 VILLAGES 22 VENUES AND 38 EXHIBITIONS…

From Russia to Australia and Japan, the EPM is a multicultural encounter for artists and visitors who can exchange ideas and discover beautiful modern and traditional creations.

Invited guest of honour countries: Russia and Australia – an opportunity to discover what goes on in these countries.

For the second time, Quilt Japan will present a selection of its 2014 contest (30 pieces traditional and contemporary) as well as the works made especially for the EPM – “Japanese Sensibility II” by JHIA members (Japan Handicrafts Instructors’ Association). Quilt Japan contest will be displayed at the Espace exposition while “Japanese Sensibility II” will be at the Villa Burrus in Ste-Croix-aux-Mines.

Many more solo exhibitions will also be displayed in these 4 villages. Not to be missed the monumental works of Inger Johanne Rasmussen at the LAC in Ste-Marie-aux-Mine and the retrospective of the French artist Anne Woringer at Espace exposition in Ste-Croix-aux-Mines.

During the event, please note that EPM organises also around 30 classes, lectures and guided tours. For more information go to our website: www.patchwork-europe.com