HaggBridge.com

04 Sep, 2009

V&A pieces together patchwork stories

Posted by: admin In: Guardian

We are living in an age of make do and mend – and it’s in that spirit that the V&A today revealed details of a new exhibition devoted to quilts.

But this will not be a show aimed at grandmas or Women’s Institutes. Curators at the museum, in South Kensington, London, believe it will inspire the nation to get quilting.

“We should all be quilt making,” said the show’s curator, Sue Prichard. “We can’t afford to heat our homes any more. We’re going to have to start making patchwork quilts.” She recommended it as therapy for a stressed-out generation. “It is a form of meditation. You get home after a hard day, what do you do? Do you hit the chardonnay or do you get your workbox out? It can be incredibly satisfying.”

The exhibition, which opens next March, has allowed the V&A to sort through its considerable collection of quilts. One of the star exhibits – on public display for the first time – will be the George III Coverlet, representing the king reviewing his troops on his birthday in 1799. The maker is an unknown woman who has stitched herself into one of the 41 scenes. Prichard said: “The way she has included herself as narrator, observer and chronicler of these historic events is absolutely extraordinary. This is not just somebody filling in time. She has put herself in history.”

Another coverlet, signed John and Elisabeth Chapman, had been thought to be a charming marriage commemoration, but new research has revealed a macabre background – it is connected to the scandal of a London dentist Martin van Butchell, called Dr Vanbutchel who had his dead wife embalmed and displayed in his home where he charged people to see her.

Other highlights include a unique set of 1730 chintz bed hangings which will be displayed on bed mounts; the Rajah quilt, made in 1841 by women convicts as they were being transported to Australia; and a quilt made by men in Wandsworth prison, south London. “The prisoners talk very evocatively about the way in which if you’re sitting and you’re stitching, you start to calm down,” said Prichard.

The exhibition goes up to the present day, including work by contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Natasha Kerr as well as special commissions from Sue Stockwell, Caren Garfen and Jo Budd.

The V & A’s director, Mark Jones, predicted Quilts 1700-2010 would be “hugely popular” and said it had already sparked interest across the world.

“The show will be great but behind the show is an issue about the V&A values its collections. It’s not about high art, it’s about the demotic and the domestic and the hand-made.”

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


Read the original post on Guardian Arts & Architecture

No Responses to "V&A pieces together patchwork stories"

Comment Form

Advertising

Flickr PhotoStream

    2fev.2014Dark Horizons: Free Art PieceBluebird Dawn1592Key / Giltza bat / una Llave - BilbaoMucho verde, nuevo rojo / Solarpies Mad / urban gardenMucho verde, nuevo rojo / Solarpies Mad / urban gardenKey / Giltza bat / una Llave - BilbaoPutin on the Ritz# 2314 ShoesLate.Bild_1273_interniteo_140_100_2_cm_mixed_media_on_canvas_2014Bild_1272_serenity_120_100_4_cm_mixed_media_on_canvas_2014_NOT_AVAILABLEabstract paintingabstract painting

About

HaggBridge.com brings you a daily update of news from art world, focused on UK based artists, exhibitions, and galleries.