The Quilters’ Guild 90s Collection is a collection by leading quiltmakers of the time and features small quilts in a wide range of styles and techniques. The collection is currently on display at Quiltfest in Llangollen (until February 21st, 10-4 daily) and some of the original makers have made a new piece to hang alongside the 90s work. Cwilt Cymru’s Judith Barker made Brighton Blues for the 90s collection and has a brand new piece on display too. Judith will be at Quiltfest on Saturday Feburary 20th to meet visitors.

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(Image borrowed from the Quilter’s Guild Collection website http://www.quiltmuseum.org)

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Cwilt Cymru member Bethan M. Hughes is currently showing work at the Insight 8 exhibition at Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. The exhibition is organised by Helfa Gelf and curated by Philip Hughes of Ruthin Craft Centre. The work is displayed in the Caffi Celf and the conference room alongside the work of artists Tara Dean, Jane McCormack and Ruth Thomas. The gallery is open daily 10.30-5.00 (except Mondays) and the exhibition is on until April 2.

We had some lovely comments from visitors to the Cwilt Cymru Connection exhibition in the Pierhead gallery in Cardiff Bay in November. Thanks to everyone who visited.

The quilts will next be shown in the Spring Quilt Festivals – starting in Ardingly, Sussex on January 22.

Great talent.  Fab exhibition.  Alun Richard

A wonderful exhibition depicting some very powerful subjects.  A lot of things to think about.  KG and ER

An insight into what can be achieved with quilt stories.  Liz M

Great overall impact and so much of beauty and interest to see in detail.  Sarah

Very interesting and exciting pieces of work, and very moving.  Stephanie

Creffwaith penigamp.  Diolch. Rhyfeddu at amynedd a dyfalbarhad yr artistiaid.  Llongyfarchiadau!  Darnau ‘Gwenllian” yn drawiadol iawn.  Gwych iawn.  Alun

A refreshing change.  Combining skill, beauty and meaning.  A rare treat.  D Brown

I enjoyed looking at the beautiful art display.  Shahid

Interesting exhibition, a rare treat for the eyes and brain.  G

Arddangosfa hyfryd a braf gweld delweddau o Ynys Mon, a gwaith crefftwyr o’r ynys, yma yn y Pierhead.  Beautiful craftsmanship and Anglesey on show too. Rhun ap Iorwerth AC/AM

Cwilt Cymru member Judith Barker has two quilts in the Structures exhibition which runs 19 – 24 November at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Upper Market Place, Henley on Thames RG9 2AQ.

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This is Red Windows:
Judith Barker Red WindowsJudith explains the inspiration for Red Windows: “I have collected photographs of arches and windows for years, and eventually made this piece loosely based on gothic arches; the vivid reds are influenced by the glow of light through stained glass onto stone.”
The second piece is Stories in Stone:
Stories in Stone by Judith Barker

Stories in Stone by
Judith Barker

Cwilt Cymru member Bethan M. Hughes is showing work at the Carriageworks in Denbigh until December 6.

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The work is inspired by the language, history and culture of Wales and the desire to share the stories. The most recent work responds to the words of Emrys ap Iwan who, over 100 years ago, charged his fellow Welsh people to remain together as a nation and preserve the language – “Ymgedwch yn genedl, cedwch yr iaith”. The body of work also reflects on how history can be often be hidden until we look deeper and search for it.

 

During the opening evening Bethan spoke about the the quilts’ inspiration

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and folk singer and harpist Mair Tomos Ifans performed Welsh songs and triple-harp melodies which linked to the themes in the quilts.

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