There were some other quilts hanging in the exhibition rooms that we visited. There were examples of traditional quilt patterns like we are used to see, and also a few quilts that had taken their motifs from Murmansk and the surrounding area.
The most impressive was one made by Roza Tonkich. She is not a member of any of the quilt groups, but is an individual quilt artist who is well known and respected in the area.
The quilt is a winter view of the city of Murmansk, – the northern lights above, and she has included some well known sights of the city, like the big statue on the hill above the city.
I was told she worked on this quilt for 2 years before it was finished.
A second quilt also shows scenes from Murmansk, and has also included the boats on the fjord below the ciry.
It has a collage of some of the familiar sights, and I particularly liked the clever use of plaids and stripes in this quilt.
The third quilt does not focus on the modern city, but shows the landscape of the Kola peninsula, – maybe like it was before with mountains, lakes, hills, and woods, – and with small villages in between.
I thought that the paisley fabric used for the cabins was very appropriate. We visited some older villages, and although many of the houses there were old and run-down, the need and skill of the original owners/builders to decorate their houses was still very visible. The houses belong to, as well as add to, the landscape.
I think the quilt captures very well the “spirit” of these “flowery” log houses.
Ok – that’s the end, so far, but I hope I will have some more to show you another time.