Quilts 1700 – 2010

I’ve written before about the exhibition Quilts 1700 – 2010 that will open on Saturday at the V&A Museum in London. This last week the Guardian has had some interesting articles about it. Lucky journalists who get to see a preview of the exhibition before the madding crowds get there.

And madding crowds there probably will be according to this review:

Already, it is one of the museum’s most successful exhibitions, with 8,000 advance ticket sales; quilting groups from the US, Australia and Japan have made block-bookings with local hotels.

Germaine Greer has her own take on it here – mostly autobiographical, but she does mention the exhibition in the last paragraph!

If I am underwhelmed at the prospect of a show of quilts at the V&A in London, it may be because nobody cared to rescue the great textile heritage left us by hundreds of tribal peoples. The great resources of the rich nations have been used instead to preserve work that isn’t a patch on it.

It’s worth reading some of the comments too. She still manages to stir up emotions.

And finally you can get a sneak preview of some of the quilts here.

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