Saturday, 25 September 2021

Quilts celebrate all things watery

LAST year’s floods around Henley were the inspiration for an exhibition of quilts which opened in Henley this week.

LAST year’s floods around Henley were the inspiration for an exhibition of quilts which opened in Henley this week.

Water, Water is an exhibition of contemporary textiles from all over the country made by members of Contemporary Quilt, part of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

Exhibition organiser Kate Findlay chose the title after last year’s floods and has been working all year to bring the show together.

Work made specially for the show has been arriving from as far afield as the Channel Islands and Scotland.

Kate said: “Contemporary Quilt members have interpreted the theme using many different starting points, ranging from the effects of the Japanese tsunami, beaches, having to carry clean drinking water, storms, weirs and global warming to name but a few. Techniques include hand-dyed fabric, piecing, embroidery, appliqué and silk painting.

“This is a chance to see high-quality contemporary textiles in Henley’s lovely Old Fire Station gallery.”

The exhibition opened at the Old Fire Station gallery on Thursday and continues until Tuesday, November 19. It then moves on to Lady Sew and Sew in Farm Road, where there will be workshops and talks all week on the theme to support the exhibition. The organisers said they are expecting lots of visitors from outside Henley at both venues.

Further information about the workshops is available on www.ladysewandsew.co.uk

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