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June, 2015

Current Exhibitions at Visions Art Museum

Apr. 18, 2015 - Jul. 05, 2015
3° of Abstraction: Shelley Brenner Baird, Pat Kroth, Karen Rips Dual Perspectives: Lura Schwarz Smith & Kerby C. Smith Active Configurations: Rosemary Hoffenberg Abstract Visions Members’ Challenge


May. 15, 2015 - Sep. 05, 2015
Internationally renowned artist and designer, Kaffe Fassett will deliver his Glorious Colour Lecture in York, in May, to celebrate the opening of Ancestral Gifts, his first solo exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Gallery. He will also lead two, full-day workshops in July exploring design and colour in quilts using his stunning Rustic Checkerboard Medallion quilt for inspiration. Ancestral Gifts runs from 15 May –5 September 2015 and will include 15 heritage quilts personally selected from The Quilters’ Guild Collection by Kaffe Fassett, alongside 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe and created in response to these significant pieces. “There is something extraordinarily exciting about bringing together the familiar with the unfamiliar”, said Kaffe. To mark this landmark event, a commemorative book, Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts, will include stunning pictures of the new quilts photographed against the backdrop of an historic building in rural Lincolnshire as well as photographs of the heritage quilts that they were inspired by. Patterns, templates and instructions for each of Kaffe’s quilts will also be included. Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts is published by Rowan and is the 17th in their series of patchwork and quilting books by Kaffe and his team of designers; it will be available in summer 2015 (price £18.50). “We are thrilled that the Patron to The Quilters’ Guild and one of our most celebrated textile designers and artists is not only curating Ancestral Gifts but taking this opportunity to create an entirely new collection of quilts. It’s a unique and exciting collaboration for the Quilt Museum and Gallery”, said Shirley Collier, Museum Manager. Kaffe Fassett Glorious Colour Lecture 14th May 2015, 19:00 – 20:30 (drinks from 18:30) Price: £15, £12.50 (QGBI member). Venue: Main Hall, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET Kaffe’s presentation will feature his latest projects, including his patchwork quilts, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. A tremendous amount of Kaffe's inspiration comes from his continual travels and his lecture is designed not so much to instruct but to empower and inspire the audience to create and develop their "mind's eye". The ticket price includes a glass of Prosecco, and there will also be copies of Kaffe’s books available to buy. Kaffe Fassett Design and Colour full-day workshops 30 & 31 July, 10:00 – 16:00 Price: £135, £100 (QGBI member) including lunch, refreshments and free parking Venue: Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, York Inspired by Kaffe’s design for his Rustic Checkerboard Medallion quilt, Kaffe and Brandon Mably will take participants through the same process they use for designing their own quilts, choosing colours that work together and getting them to move out of their colour comfort zone. Participants will arrange fabric pieces on a design flannel that can be folded up at the end of the workshop, ready to take home and sew. There will be no sewing during the class; this is a class learning about colour. To book tickets for any of the Ancestral Gifts events contact the Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, England YO1 7PW, Tel: 01904 613 242, email: or book online through the events page at The Quilters’ Guild Collection Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters' Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers. As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment. For hi-res images and further details please contact The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply. Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue. Contact: Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, England YO1 7PW Tel: 01904 613 242, Email: The Quilt Museum and Gallery is an independent museum operated by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The Guild is a registered in England and Wales as a charity no.1067361 and a company limited by guarantee no. 3447631. The Guild is registered as a charity in Scotland no. SC043174. The Museum and Gallery has been awarded the following: • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 • Finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards for Visitor Attraction of the year (under 50, 000) 2014 • Arts Council England Accredited Museum 2013 • Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and ‘Hidden Gem’ 2014


May. 16, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2015
Internationally renowned artist and designer, Kaffe Fassett, will curate an exhibition of historic quilts selected from The Quilters' Guild collection together with new stunning work created in response to these significant heritage pieces. ANCESTRAL GIFTS will run from 16 May – 31 August, 2015 and will include 15 heritage quilts alongside 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett. “We are thrilled to be working with Kaffe and it has been fascinating to see what items from the collection he has been drawn to. Ancestral Gifts will be quite unlike anything the Quilt Museum has put on in the past”, said Fiona Diaper, Museum Manager. His trademark celebration of colour translates across a wide range of decorative arts including patchwork and quilting, needlepoint, knitting and ceramics and the Exhibition is expected to attract a diverse range of visitors from far and wide. To mark this landmark event, a commemorative book, Ancestral Gifts will be available for purchase and will include stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of the quilts on display, together with patterns and instructions for each of Kaffe’s quilts. Kaffe will also be lecturing and hosting a series of hands-on workshops. Further details of these events will be posted on The Quilt Museum website Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. When he was 19, Kaffe won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after 3 months to paint in London. He settled in England in 1964. Kaffe ventured into the world of colourful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. Inspired by the colours in the landscape, Kaffe was thrilled to find the same colours in yarns. He bought 20 colours of Shetland wool and some knitting needles, and on the train back to London a fellow passenger taught him how to knit. His first design appeared as a full page spread in Vogue Knitting magazine. In 1988 Kaffe became the first living textile artists to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Since 1981, Kaffe has worked closely with Rowan Yarns in Yorkshire. Rowan Yarns insight into fashion and colour complement Kaffe's skill and together they have produced ambitious designer patterns to inspire hand knitters all over the world. He contributes to the bi-annual Rowan magazine, which is marketed worldwide. A large part of Kaffe's output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market along with the Indian stripes fabric and shot cotton fabric range distributed worldwide by Westminster Fibers, USA and Rowan, UK. In 2013, Kaffe was awarded the Turner Medal. This is awarded by the Colour Group (Great Britain) to a distinguished artist or art historian, honouring Britain's greatest colourist. Kaffe teaches quiltmakers all over the world to learn to work with color in an instinctive way, his unique sense of colour and drive to create, combined with his desire to encourage others, has led to his reputation as a guru in the world of colour and textiles.

18th South Africa Quilt Festival & Culture Tour

Jun. 23, 2015 - Jul. 06, 2015
Come and join us on our textile holiday to South Africa. Included for the first time 2 days to enjoy the 18th South African National Quilt Festival. With classes to inspire and a quilt exhibition to blow your mind - this quilt festival is sure to be an experience that any Quilter will remember for a lifetime.

  • Sponsor: Arena Travel
  • Location: South Africa
  • Admission: From $3,950 per person, including 11 nights hotel accommodation
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