At the International Quilt Festival in Suzdal there were many different exhibitions located in different venues around town. There were both quilts for the Festival’s different competitions, and also special exhibitions of interesting and outstanding works. Most venues had a combination of the two.
The quilts in this post were exhibited in the small church (winter church) to the left, behind the market square trading arcades.
The first glimpse through the door looked promising, and we were surprised to find not only quilts in the entrance room, but also some interesting ceramic sculptures, and a large egg covered in mosaics.
The medieveal themed quilts were made by Anna Veksler from St.Petersburg, and we were told that the ceramic sculptures were made by someone called Popov. I am not sure about the egg, except that it was beautiful, – that I know.
The main room was all painted white and with light coming in through low windows. The building is not in use as a church any more, – not for the time being, anyway.
The exhibition in here was also a mix of quilts and ceramics.
In the room were a few benches to rest on, and they were also works of art. We were persuaded that it was ok to sit on them, though. They were very solid.
One of the competition categories was called “Made by Men”, and those quilts hung in this room. They were all made by male quilters, of course. A versatile collection with some nontraditional construction techniques.
There was also a collection of quilts from Japan, made by Yuriko Moriyama.
I also liked this work by Olga Bernikova.
The front end of the room was occupied by some of Galla Grotto‘s quilts, who also taught some classes at the show. She is an artist with an impressive body of works, – and not only textiles. I heartily recommend a visit to her website.
Alevtina Shevaldina made this quilt in the rug making technique. She had one in another exhibition too.
There were also several rugs in a special exhibition of old Russian quilts, which I will show in a later post.
Also, Japanese Keiko Nakamura was inspired by Alevtina Shevaldina’s quilts to make her entry for the Quilted Field.
And there were more ceramic sculptures, – in every corner, – and more quilts.
I’ll stop with these photos of Nelly Saveljeva’s quilt.
More to come.
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