Every year we bring you over 800 antique, traditional and contemporary works of textile art, curated into an array of exhibitions. The work of our invited artists and designers are staged in furnished “home” galleries.
Our country guest of honor for this 12th Edition will be the British Isles. This is a unique opportunity to view some of the most exceptional quilts from collections such as those of Christopher Wilson-Tate and numerous British textile artists. And of course, we will be inviting artists from around the globe (Japan, Australia, the United States, Europe…)!
We are currently working on the program, this list is subject to change
Etsuko Ishitobi (Japon)
A longtime, die-hard fan of Shizuko Kuroha, Etsuko was lucky enough to meet her hero at the 2012 Tokyo Quilt Festival, where she was awarded the Grand Prix First Place. It was a well-deserved honor, rewarding her inspiring work with indigo textiles and her marvelous ability to breathe new life into antique Japanese fabrics.
Megumi Mizuno (Japan)
Having studied with Yoko Saito for 30 years, Megumi Mizuno has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, all the while honing her craft and developing her own, unique approach to needlework. Her highly imaginative works are regularly featured as part of the prestigious Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.
Sue Ross (Australia)
This Australian artist has been making quilts for over 30 years. Blending luxurious prints with a vibrant color palette, Sue’s work exudes vitality and creative freedom. Every one of her quilt shows is a feast for the eyes, and she has inspired hundreds of quilters across Australia over the last few decades. She is also a beloved teacher, and has a loyal following at Material Obsession, in Sydney.
Jo Colwill (England)
Cowslip Workshops is well known among British quilters and those further afield, and artists from around the world converge on this magical spot in Cornwall. Jo is the soul of this wonderful place, which is part-farmhouse, part classroom, and which also houses a fabulous coffee shop and, of course, an unmissable quilt store. Jo recently put all of her enthusiasm and love of quilting into a book — a poetic compilation of quilt designs inspired by nature or animals. Last year, Jo won First Prize in the Two Person Quilts category at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts.
Bonnie Sullivan (USA)
Passionate about primitive style and folk art, Bonnie is an American artist with a boundless talent for breathing new life into second-hand objects. With a dose of her own, unique magic, Bonnie mixes charm, elegance and vintage with spectacular results!
Dawn Heese (USA)
From her home in the woods of Missouri, Dawn creates beautiful folk-art pieces that exude the traditional country style. Her work conjures up all the warmth and simplicity of traditional, old quilts, and will make you want to linger for hours in her Home Sweet Home.
Karen Styles (Australia)
This world-renowned Australian artist has won the hearts of traditional quilt lovers everywhere. A hexagon and English paper piecing expert, she made her mark as a designer, collaborating with Marcus Fabrics on a beautiful collection of reproduction fabrics. Her latest book, Seams Like Yesterday, is already an international hit.
Christopher Wilson Tate (England)
A British antique dealer and collector, Christopher fell in love with antique quilts and textiles as a teenager. Today he owns one of the most stunning collections of 19th Century British quilts, including exceptional large-scale pieces that recently delighted quilt enthusiasts in Houston (2018) and Birmingham (2019). @antiquequiltcompany
Tone Finnanger (Norway)
Tilda is celebrating 20 years of creativity, and we are over the moon to have Norwegian designer, Tone Finnanger, as our special guest. She will be presenting her new collections and creations — a burst of gentleness and playfulness that will be sure to delight.
Odile Mandrette (France)
Odile Mandrette, with a background in sculpture and ceramics, her approach to textile arts has evolved over time, starting with the incorporation of small bits of cloth in her ceramic works. With time, this versatile, distressed, pre-dyed and endlessly malleable material has become one of the artist’s preferred mediums. Her « Daughters of the Air » dresses, with their flying carpets, evoke a spatial odyssey — a descent into circular motion that can also be read as an invitation to dance.
Magenta Kang (England)
Magenta Kang lives in Cambridgeshire, England, but was born in Korea, where she learned as a child the art of Pojagi. Her work is inspired by nature and found things, and by wood, which she often wraps or adorns with fabric, to incorporate into her tapestries. For her Pojagi quilts, Magenta plays with transparency, color and geometry, creating delicate and painstakingly precise compositions. www.magentakang.com
Sophie Morille (France)
Sophie Morille likes to blur the lines between design, art and illustration. She brings her passion for drawing, for patterns and for color to the art of weaving, printmaking or natural dyeing. Inspired mainly by nature, which surrounded her as a child, her creations exude gentleness. In her studio at La Montagne, near Nantes, Sophie is constantly exploring her love of all things handmade: sosochampignon.blogspot.com
Anne Kelly (England)
British textile artist Anne Kelly collects all sorts of recycled paper, textiles and other materials, which she enhances using a host of different techniques: embroidery, photography, printing and other forms of embellishment. The result: highly original collages, sometimes based around a single scrap of fabric, that have been described as “small worlds.”
Dominique Fave (France)
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Dominique Fave uses boutis technique to quite literally « sculpt » fabric into landscapes. Her designs, which draw their inspiration from the Asian and African continents, also play with abstraction, mixing rhythm, texture and color with startling results.
Isabelle Cellier (France)
Isabelle Cellier blends clashing techniques and materials to reimagine traditional needlework. Precious antique textiles, found in second-hand stores, are married to soiled rags, silk is used alongside string… ISE puts her own stamp on an ancient craft, reimagining techniques such as embroidery, to which she brings a wild, figurative quality.
Martine Apaolaza (France)
Martine Apaolaza tells stories that are lighthearted, jolly and accessible through her fiber art. At time, humor underlies the overall emotion and sometimes a touch of nostalgia does. Building facades have long been a recurring theme in her work. Since she began her Honfleur Amsterdam series in 2016, her work has evolved. She cuts her fabrics, appliqué and embroider free-hand, lending a very modern air to her latest work. In doing so, she also express past emotions! Fabric choice (new or used) is the key to launching a new project…
Sylvie Deschamps (France)
Sylvie Deschamps has been the Artistic Director for Begonia d’Or for the past 25 years. When it comes to purl, jaseron and other golden threads, Sylvie is a vital Ambassador of this domain. In November of 2010, she was nominated Master of Art and in April 2011, she received the title of Chevalier in the National Order of Merit. Sylvie has sat on numerous juries for the Best Apprentices in France (embroidery and needle painting). Due to her expertise, the most important fashion houses come to her to execute the wildest of challenges with gold thread. Next stop, Japan in March where Sylvie will be joining her fellow Masters of this art to present this French, prestigious craft.
Clémence Gueib (France)
Clémence Gueib combines her passion for insects and fabric to create wonderful works.
Her work evokes curiosity cabinets, nature and, in particular, insects. She uses entomological frameworks as a source of inspiration, sewing and embroidering hyper realistic textile sculptures. She strives to bring to life the insect’s texture, form, color. In doing so, she examines the possibilities offered by fabric by using it as a pictorial medium. She loves the idea of material disappearing, or transforming, so as to give birth to a subject. The lines between real and representation disappear. When she creates jewelry, her work is less realistic. She uses materials that inspire her and that she has collected (beads, sequins, silk threads, semi-precious stones…) and she does not try and copy every detail of an insect. Rather, she seeks to evoke it.
Estelle Delphin Lobel (France)
Estelle is the brainchild behind the brand Nod’s. A textile artist whose specialty revolves around embroidery thread, Estelle’s work brings to life this simple material by weaving fabric chains. The occasional integration of fabric scraps adds an even denser and richer texture, further transforming her work.
Often inspired by nature (birds, insects, florals…), Estelle integrates her colorful textile art into tableaus, cushions, lounge chairs, jewelry and interior decorations. Each piece is unique, intense, elegant and carefully crafted.
Fanny Douvier (France)
Once upon a picture.
The graphic wealth of the printed fabrics . Fanny Douvier choose is the inspiration for the theme she seek to bring out, such as the day, the night, nature, the changing seasons…Every environment created is an allegorical representation of the chosen theme. Her decorative wall panels are personalised adventures, each one unfolding according to each person’s need for expression.
Val Holmes (England)
The exhibition “Legacy Impressions” from Pour L’Amour du Fil 2019 continued its tour in England and Ireland in Autumn 2019. But digital print is only one of her means of expression. This year Val Holmes will show pieces centred on flowers and landscapes, (some inspired by the British Isles), worked with dyes and hand or machine stitching, and Sea Sketches in mixed media.
Jane Rollason (England)
Her work is a result of a life long love of textile art, she worked for a time as an art teacher and after completing City and Guilds creative textiles became a lecturer for the NEC creative textiles. She has been creating textile for 30 years, gaining many awards in the U.K. and Europe, teaching in the U.K. , Europe, Moscow, Hong Kong and Israel and judging at national exhibitions in the U.K. As a child her interest in sewing was nurtured by her mother, as so many of her generation. Her work is inspired by the wonder of nature which she record on natural fabric, as a result, her recent work involves the use of natural dye and contact printing with plant material to create muted effects she creates one-off quilts and as she works with natural colours they have a similarity. Her process of unlocking pigment and tannins , resists and modifiers in the botanical materials and combining this with a more contemporary approach fuel her passion. In the past 5 years she has been curating an International exhibiting textile art group ‘ Crossing Oceans’ which has traveled to Russia , Canada, Taiwan, throughout Europe and the U.K.
Akha Biladjo (Laos/France)
The adorable « Escogriffes » jungle!
From a village to the French Institute: The making of a hand-sewn show.
Since the year 2000, the Akha women of a village located in the Phongsaly province have been designing and making a series of adorable, colorful creatures. These original designs are the fruit of an encounter with two French artists, Cécile Pouget et Annouck Lepla, and are supported by the non-profit organization Akha Biladjo.
In 2011 and 2013, Akha Biladjo published « Les Escogriffes », a comic book illustrating these fun creatures which was then adapted to the stage by the puppeteer company, Khao Niew, and performed at the French Institute of Vientiane.
Les Escogriffes are back on tour and are invited to perform again at the French Institute. Workshops have been added to the program for those who would like to learn how to make one of these loveable creatures.
Pascale Goldenberg (France)
Guldusi, an Afghani hand embroidery initiative, will be our special guest in 2020, with around twelve large quilts on display. A group of ten XXX and two European women collaborated on these embroideries, which tell the story of the meeting of two cultures. Each work comes with a text that tells the story behind the quilt. Learn more at: www.guldusi.com
Best Of Japan Artist 2020
The most beautiful works by Japanese artists featured at the 2020 Tokyo Quilt Festival.