The latest exhibition at Ilminster Arts Centre shows that quilts can be so much more than simply bedspreads: they can be works of art in their own right.
Mapping Evolution is an exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Alicia Merrett and k3n, two award-winning Somerset artists who express and explore big ideas through fabric and stitch. Both artists have international reputations and their highly accomplished work is characterised by bold colour and inventive approaches to traditional quilting techniques.
Alicia Merrett - Port at Dusk Detail 4
For this exhibition Alicia will be showing quilts inspired by maps and aerial views, as well as quilts that reflect her long-standing interest in cosmology and quantum physics, magic and alchemy. Alicia says of these works, "A few years ago I discovered the potential of maps and aerial views as sources for textile work. I believe maps are an ancient and important part of mankind’s need to interpret and understand the world."
k3n will also be exhibiting a series of quilts that tackle life’s big questions. Entitled "Evolution – A Brief History of the Universe from the Big Bang to the Present", these quilts explore seven different aspects of evolution including Cosmic, Stellar and Planetary Evolution, as well as the Origins of Life.
Explaining how she tackled this ambitious subject matter, k3n says, "I expressed my ideas through fabric collage, lots of topstitching, quilting, embellishment with hand embroidery, beadwork, confetti – whatever seemed appropriate to illustrate the wonders of this beautiful world we live in".
k3n - Dark Matter
“Mapping Evolution” will also be at the West Country Quilt Show, on Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 November, 10am – 4.30pm, at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ. www.westcountryquiltshow.co.uk
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