Friday, 26 March 2010

V&A Quilts Exhibition

Yesterday I went to see the Quilts Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was amazing and well worth the rave reviews; the quilts reveal so much about social and political history. Have any of you been? Most poignant for me was the quilt created by prisoners of Wandsworth Prison, which I often walk past. Their quilt reflects all kinds of emotional experiences; desperation, faith, hope, injustice. I've been meaning to write about the charity which supports them for a while, Fine Cell Work, as I think it's a great initiative.

So, time for contemplation on issues of social justice - and then there's the shop! It's piled high with beautiful stacks of fabric; eighteen limited edition designs which are a collaboration between the V&A (the designs are based on their collections) and Liberty. The fabrics are available online, too.

12 comments:

Peta said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for posting about it. I've heard such good things about this exhibition and am planning a trip to London in April. Those fabrics are to die for - simply gorgeous!

that kate said...

I can't wait to go!

She Draws said...

I missed this when I went last week!

I joined the email updates now so I can know when to go for other nice exhibtions!

Tonia said...

I LOVE the V&A shop anyway - may never leave now!

She Draws said...

Thanks for letting me know it's on until july!

I didn't think to find out, but as I mention so many new things I want to go see, like the Ministry of Food ex at the Imperial War Museum.

I must go back!

Sarah said...

Have the fabric fat quarters.....Oh joy for online shopping! Desperate to go to the exhibition glad to hear it lived up to expectations!

Polly said...

ooh i've been meaning to go and see this! love those fabrics xx

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I have been looking forward to this for months now, can't wait to visit, especially after your great review, Thanks!

chelsea said...

so jealous you got to see this!! i ordered the blue fabric and love it. have a great weekend, lynne!

Joanna said...

Looks like a very interesting exhibit. Too bad I live in California and can't enjoy it. Thank God for the internet! I love this one. http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/60744-popup.html

Anna Ander said...

Oh. What I would give to be in London and at the V&A right now! One of my absolute favourite museums. And that fabric. Will browse online and not buy a thing, since I can't sew to save my life.

Louise said...

oh so beautiful! I must get round to going