21 June 2012

Enniscorthy Patchwork Exhibition

South-Eastern Branch Patchwork Exhibition (change to previously announced dates!)

In the recent IPS newsletter it was printed that the below exhibition is starting July 30th. It is not!

The exhibition is taking from 1st July - 8th July in St. Aidan’s cathedral in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Thanks to collective efforts, there will be 90+ quilts representing of the SouthEast quilters at this celebration of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, gifted designer of the 19th Century and St. Aidan’s cathedral, the largest church Pugin built in Ireland.

12 June 2012

International Quilt Festival of Ireland 2012

The first ever International Quilt Festival of Ireland (IQFOI) took place in the NUIG Campus Galway from the 8-10th June.

 Here's a small selection of quilts from the exhibition.

Cead Mile Failte Quilt

Cead Mile Failte Quilt Panels

Good enough to eat!
Box of Chocolates made by Lynn Naughton (Western Branch)

Chocolate Quilt entry by Rebecca Palmer (Mid-West Branch)
Giant cupcake from the Chocolate Exhibition (US entry)

Some yarn-bombed trees around the Quilt Exhibition
Yarn-bombed trees

11 June 2012

Last Call for EQA Quilts!

Last call for submitting entries to the EQA "Crossroads" Exhibit. 

The EQA quilts be at this year's Festival of Quilts

 Some ideas about the "Crossroads" theme:
The roads are crossing our lives- people, events or things crossing your life unexpectedly, and make us enjoy life - meeting people in crossroads, some people stay in your life, some not, but all touch your life in some way. Life is not straightforward: you get sometimes lost or take sideways steps.
Crossroads can be a meeting place where people gather to exchange news about one and others lives. A place where we want to make a decision as to what direction we will follow. 

1. Size: 20 x 50cm (7 7/8 x 19 5/8). To be hung horizontally.
2. Edges: free choice of edging treatment (i.e. raw or bound).
3. Any technique may be used but the quilt may consist of three layers. No glass fronted or mounted exhibits will be accepted. Be warned that quilts which are delicate or stiff are difficult to transport safely.
4. The entire collection of "Crossroads" will be launched at the Festival of Quilts in 2012. Some countries may decide to display their quilts from neighbouring countries at their annual general meetings. In this case, these quilts will be returned later than September 2012.
5. All guild members may enter and there is no entry fee. The quilts are not for sale.
6. All quilts must have a 10cm (4 inch) hanging sleeve (with extra fullness to accomodate the rod) sewn 1cm below the top of the quilt and stopping 2cm from each side.
7. The quilts are insured for a nominal sum during the exhibition including transport to and from the FoQ 2012. (Information on transport and insurance for other exhibitions is available from the guild organising the event. Should a quilt be damaged or lost, the EQA member guilds is responsible for compensating the maker).
8. The entry form and photo should reach the International Representative by 31st May 2012.
9. 10 quilts will be selected by each country by 30th June 2012. Any quilts which do not comply with the rules, particularly in terms of size or hanging sleeve, can be rejected on submission.
10. Photos of the quilts may be used for publicity purposes.
11. Every member country of the EQA must provide TEN quilts for this exhibition. If too many quilts are submitted, 10 must be selected in whatever way the guild decides. If too few quilts are submitted, the IR/executive committee of the guild MUST organise the making of the missing quilts.

The EQA entry form and rules are included in the Spring IPS Newsletter.. For further details please contact Loretta O'Brien (EQA Rep.).

08 June 2012

Western Branch of the IPS on Countrywide Radio Programme!

Several members of the Western Branch of the IPS have been interviewed for the Countrywide radio program on RTE radio.  

Be sure to tune in on Saturday morning to hear the interview!  It will air from 8:10-9:00AM on Saturday the 9th of June.

You will hear from Western Branch members Agnes Warren, J
oan Colleran and Mari Moran interviewed by Frances Shanahan at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Don't miss it!

05 June 2012

5th European Quilt Triennial

9.9.2012 to 6.1.2013

This is the fifth time that the Textile Collection Max Berk will be hosting the European Quilt Triennial competition, exhibiting 43 quilts from 13 countries. An international jury made this selection from 210 entries that were submitted by artists from 22 countries in Europe.
The exhibition of the last two Triennials at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2007 and 2010 has meant that quilters from England formed the second largest group of applicants. A pleasing fact is that one of the selected exhibits was made by a male quilter.
The entries covered a wide range of techniques and subjects. The jury members from Germany, France, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Sweden spent two arduous days in selecting a snapshot of the contemporary quilt scene in Europe and providing an overview of exciting developments in the tradition of quilting.

The three prizes that were awarded were as follows:
The Doris Winter Memorial Award, sponsored once again by the Betty Barclay Group, for innovation in the area of material, technology and design, and with prize money of € 5000, was given to the German artist Rosa Dames for her work „As a thread falls“. This artist had several exhibits in the past at the German quilt biennials.
Wie en Faden falit (how a twine falls) by Rosa Dames. Photo: Peter Garbe

The prize of € 1000 for innovation in a large format was awarded to Marita Lappalainen from Finland for her quilt „Soundscape“.
3rd Prize. Soundscape by Marita Lappalainen. Photo: Ari Korkala

As expected, the number of applicants below the age of 40 was very low. Nevertheless, the new prize for up-and-coming quilters below the age of 40 went to the worthy winner Sarah Schultz from Switzerland. The 33 year-old was awarded this prize of € 1000 for her quilt “Dressage”.

2nd Prize: Dressur (Dressage) by Sarah Schultz. Photo: Frei
 In contrast to previous triennials at which jury members were invited to exhibit one of their own works, the 5th European Quilt Triennial will also include a small solo exhibition by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs from the Netherlands, who has been a prize winner on two occasions in the past.

Following the exhibition in Heidelberg, the 5th European Quilt Triennial can also be seen in the Kreismuseum Zons (20.1.13 -7.4.2013), in the Textile Museum St. Gallen / Switzerland (mid April to end of June 2013), at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham/UK (mid August 2013) and in the Kulturens Hus Luleå / Sweden (November 2013). Other exhibition venues in the Netherlands and Hungary are under discussion.
Exhibition venue: Textile Collection Max Berk
Brahmsstraße 8 · 69118 Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen Duration: 9.9.2012 – 6.1.2013
Opening times: Wed, Sat, Sun 1 – 6 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for groups
Entrance fee: € 2.50 / € 1.50 reduced
Exhibition catalogue with around 100 colour photos: € 12
Further information and photo material:
Textile Collection Max Berk · Kurpfälzisches Museum Tel.: 06221/800317, Fax: 06221/584699050 e-mail: kmh-textilsammlung-max-berk@heidelberg.de www.heidelberg.de/museum

03 June 2012

River of Dreams Exhibition

After a successful opening night at Limerick City Hall  on Friday 1stJune, the 7th Annual River of Dreams Exhibition will run from 9.30amto 5.30pm daily and will finish at 5.30pm on Sunday 10th June 2012.

Tickets are being sold everyday for a raffle for this quilt: