Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Song of Songs - Encounter art quilt group

The book incorporated Love Songs: between a lover and his wife, among family members and the love of Israel and their God.

Many verses were composed into songs that are an inspiration to feelings and emotions, describes colors and intensity, and glorify landscapes and way of life.

Each quilter chose different symbols she felt expresses the verse of inspiration in the best way: flowers or thorns, fruits (apples, pomegranates and grapes), depicted places, use traditional images and symbols to create colorful, realistic and poetic exciting quilts.

Some of the topics you'll find in this exhibition:

"As the lily among thorns": symbolizes Israel surrounded by a hostile environment.
"My Beloved"; "Doves eyes"; "The fairest of women": an expression of a private love.
"Doves in the clefts of the rock": descriptions of nature viewed from a home window or caves in the desert.
"Refresh me with apples"; "Apple among the woods": the female's voice point of view, seductive, full of love and loaded with Garden of Eden features.
"And the vines in blossom give their fragrance"; "Beds of spices"; "Into the garden of nuts": usage of the seven species to symbolize blessing and abundance, a source for love of nature.

“Encounters” was established in 2009 and it includes 15 Israeli Art Quilt artists. Our meetings are bi - monthly, and the emphasis in each meeting is the exchange of opinions, ideas, mutual enrichment and fertilization, practice new techniques and work toward exhibiting our works together. Group member are: Maya Chaimovich*, Rachel Covo, Eti David*, Rachel Elran*, Niza Hoffman*, Bella Kaplan*, Hava Katzir*, Ziva Keidar, Yemima Lavan*, Shula Liss, Nava Lieberman, Shoshi Rimer*, Shulamit Ron, Orna Shahar, Gisha Wogier*.

The "Song of Songs" exhibition will be held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 536 Huron St., London, ON, Canada.

March 28 through April 21, 2016. Opening hours: 10am – 3pm weekdays.

Report by Shoshi Rimer
SAQA members marked with *

Monday, February 8, 2016

Worn Threads - Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles

Worn Threads: an exhibition by Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles in the Henley-on-Thames, UK

For their latest exhibition Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles have made pieces inspired by a garment. Not only is the work innovative in its wide range of textile techniques but the stories behind the garments are fascinating e.g. How does an image of a daughter in a Tyvek forensic suit inspire a colourful Richard 111 cloak?

For more details about the group and the exhibition visit their website:

Kate Findlay
Sandy Snowden
Dorothy Crossley

Kate Crossley

Well done members of TVCT

Images and Report by Sandy Snowden - Thanks