The more often I visit this event the more I realise it is the Gallery exhibits which persuade me to brave the crowds, not the competition quilts.
In part this is because I don't find the competition rules or the judges criteria very helpful for my work. I find it strange that an Art Quilt is judged against the same criteria as a traditional one!! That said, it is an amazing collective exhibit of textiles work.
Interesting that many of the gallery exhibits do not conform to the tight quilting competition rules, they are often art pieces with their own rationale. It is these pieces I really enjoy.
The other draw is access to some of the best textile materials you can find, all under one roof!
These are the exhibits I particularly took an interest in:
Contemporary Quilters West's gallery "Unfolding Stories" was of particular interest, involving textiles artists I have seen previously and who are engaged in breaking boundaries if it meets their needs.
SAQA "Concrete and Grassland" was inventive and fascinating. I really enjoyed studying these pieces and as a result am contemplating joining them.
Nancy Crow - As a fan of her work for many many years, especially when she was creating fabulous compositions from what looked like strips of fabric. Her book "Improvisational Quilts" in 1996 made a difference to my approach to stitching and I have always taken an interest in what she has been doing. More of this later.
Shizuko Kuroha's gallery garnered a great deal of interest in her limited pallette eye popping pieces. Each meticulously pieced. More of this later.
The Creative Textile Studio always feeds my imagination and encourages me to remember to experiment when a technique seemd ready to fail what I want of it!