Modern quilting to go on display
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.