ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

The Textile-Museum St.Gallen
Vadianstrasse 2
CH-9000 St.Gallen
tel: ++41 71 222 17 44
fax: ++41 71 223 42 39

Guided tours:
Sunday2 0 May 2007, 11 am
Sunday 17 June 2007, 11 am
opening hours:
mo - sa: 10-12, 14-17
sunday: 10-17,
first wed. every month: 10-17

new opening hours
from May first onwards:
daily 10 am until 5 pm

entrance fees:
CHF 7.- per person
CHF 5.- in groups of 10 persons, reduced
CHF 3.- students with identity card

3rd European
Q u i l t - T r i e n n a l e

from the Textile Collection Max Berk
"Kurpfälzisches Museum" of the City of Heidelberg

Textilmuseum St.Gallen

3 May until 29 July 2007


Stagnation on a high level

In recent years, the borderlines between the various genres of textile art such as tapestry, contemporary lace and embroidery have become blurred. This is less so in quilt-making. One of the requirements for the 3rd European Quilt Triennial was that entries had to consist of at least two layers of material that were visibly quilted. The Triennial's 36 quilts display high artistic standards but reveal hardly any new names that would point to up-and-coming talent. Techniques and materials seem to have reached their possible limits. Perhaps it is the requirements of classic quilt technique which result in "Stagnation on a high level", as the jury member Beatrijs Sterk has entitled her contribution to the catalogue of the 3rd European Quilt Triennial. The following text has been taken from her paper:


  The artists increasingly appear to tackle socially relevant issues; at least three of the four prize winners are cases in point: "Cold Shoulder" by Linda Colsh, to whom we awarded the first prize, draws our attention to a host of hunched elderly women in the streetscape, of whom we are hardly conscious at all. Ursula Rauch, who received the second prize for her work "Lange haben die schwarzen Frauen geschwiegen" (Long have black women been silent) makes us look at the situation in Africa. The two third prizes went to Evi Kirchmair-Krismer and Ursula Gerber-Senger, the former with a critical issue such as the constantly increasing demands made on overtaxed individuals, the latter with a work produced with new materials and techniques which does not exactly strike one as cheerful, either. Perhaps the renunciation of the beautiful, colourful quilt is symptomatic of the mood currently prevalent among the jurors… As a folk art, patchwork and quilting have always been art, even though in an autodidactic manner or carefully passed on from mother to daughter. Ever since "art" became something more elevated, the artists among patchworkers and quilters have been trying to stand out from the majority of hobbyists. About 30 years ago, this resulted in the Art Quilt movement in the USA with its Quilt National competition, which still attracts much attention and which contrary to its name is now open to entrants from all over the world…

Similar efforts were made in many other countries. In Germany, it was the late lamented Doris Winter from the Berk clothing dynasty (Betty Barclay), who founded the German Quilt Biennial in Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen in 1984, which in 2000 was transformed into the present European Quilt Triennial…


In Switzerland, a national patchwork competition organised by the Community of Vernier in the Canton of Geneva will take place for the third time. Applications for Patchwork Vernier 2008 will be accepted until 31 May 2007.

Ursula Karbacher, lic. phil. I


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