In March the V&A Museum in London opened a very popular exhibition on quilts which will run until the 4th of July.
The examples on display date from 1700 to the present day and are predominantly from the V&A’s own collection but also include a number of important loans and some contemporary works commissioned specifically for the exhibition.
Considered as one of the V&A’s most successful shows, the enthusiasm can be partly attributed to the growing attraction for craft works and the personal narratives behind them; documenting the big events in predominantly women’s lives – love, marriage, birth, death - as well as thoughts relating to politics and patriotism.
Craft highlights in the Bridgeman archive
Collections strong in quilt and craft designs include the Indianapolis Museum of Art and 15 regional American historical societies, among them The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Bridgeman also has access to archives such as The Design Library in New York and Christie’s which also have wonderful collections of 19th and 20th century textiles and decorative arts.
Competition results revealed!