Sunday, 6 February 2011

York Quilt Museum: Freedom To Stitch

About a week ago I took a leisurely trip to York to see the Freedom To Stitch exhibition at the Quilt Museum. York is one of the most beautiful cities in England, of course I might be biased due to the fact that I'm a Yorkshire girl born and bred, but it's a must if you've never been 'up north' before.
I did the typical repetitive route that any York tourist takes. Sweet shops that have names like 'Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe', then a trip down The Shambles with it's rickety architecture and homeware boutiques, tea from the pot in a dimly lit café that smells faintly of salty butter on crumpets and traditional Yorkshire pubs.

The Quilt Museum was equally pleasing to look around. It kept that whole 'York' feeling going as I waded through the intricate textile designs and the staff were so friendly. You could tell that everyone was so passionate about the work that lined the walls and floors. I've been a naughty blogger again by not naming the artists and adding dates, but I was so struck by the designs that I clicked away blissfully on my camera and forgot to take notes of any names, shameful.

Everything that you see above is stitched, whether it be with wool, thread, silk or plastic bags. Most of the pieces on show were 'borrowed' from other big museums such as the Barbican in London, and others were contributions from local textile designers. A wonderful mix of talent and such a vibrant atmosphere full of colour and texture. Sadly this exhibition is now over, but I hope they run a similar few throughout this year. I'll keep you in the know if something comes up.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful city and beautiful stitching! The last piece with the birds is amazing!


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