Mod­ern quilt­ing to go on dis­play

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A new take on a tra­di­tional art form will be on dis­play at High­wic this month thanks to the skills of the Pt Chevalier Mon­day Mod­ern Quilt Group.

The NZ His­toric Places Trust prop­erty in Newmarket will show­case a range of the group’s pieces in an ex­hi­bi­tion New Quilts for Old Beds from Septem­ber 18 to 29.

‘‘The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture some strik­ing ex­am­ples of mod­ern quilts from some very skilled crafts­peo­ple whose work rein­ter­prets tra­di­tional quilt­ing ideas with fresh mod­ern fab­rics and new de­signs,’’ High­wic man­ager Cheryl Lau­rie says.

Me­lanie Hast­ings from the Pt Chevalier quilt group says there are some gen­eral fea­tures that set mod­ern quilts apart from the more tra­di­tional styles.

‘‘Th­ese of­ten in­clude the use of bold colours and prints, high con­trast and graphic ar­eas of solid colour, im­pro­vi­sa­tional piec­ing, de­lib­er­ate im­per­fec­tions or in­con­sis­ten­cies and min­i­mal­ism – to name only a few.’’

Mod­ern tra­di­tion­al­ism – or the ‘ up­dat­ing’ of clas­sic quilt de­signs – is also of­ten seen in mod­ern quilt­ing. ‘‘We be­lieve the most im­por­tant things about quilts are that they get fin­ished; that they get used; that they are en­joyed and that we have fun mak­ing them,’’ she says.

Mod­ern quilt­ing ap­pears to be at the fore­front of a new gen­er­a­tion of in­ter­est in the art of quilt mak­ing, Ms Hast­ings says

‘‘At one point quilt­ing looked like be­ing one of the ‘tra­di­tional’ skills in dan­ger of dy­ing out. But like many crafts there has been a resur­gence of in­ter­est in it.

‘‘New quil­ters may not know any­one else who quilts – and so for the mod­ern quil­ter of­ten so­cial net­work­ing be­comes im­por­tant.

‘‘To­day many, per­haps most, mod­ern quil­ters will draw in­spi­ra­tion, mo­ti­va­tion and en­thu­si­asm from blogs and web com­mu­ni­ties like Flickr and Pin­ter­est,’’ she says.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at High­wic will show­case some ex­am­ples of this new ap­proach.

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