"The complexity of textiles is exciting, meditative and creative"

Karlsruhe /

A piece of fabric at the front, one at the back and a "batting" in the middle: that's the recipe for every quilt, but the results are very different. Art enthusiasts can see this for themselves at the festive exhibition opening "Quilts: Textile Works" by the Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe. The vernissage will take place at the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, Systems Engineering and Image Exploitation IOSB in Karlsruhe on September 13, 2019 at 6 pm.

Quilt aus der Ausstellung der Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe
© Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe
Each quilt is unique.
Quilt aus der Ausstellung der Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe
© Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe
Each quilt is colorful and diversified.

The quilts on display represent a colorful and varied cross-section of the patchwork group's work over the past eight years. As different as the group is, as different are the unique pieces they have made. At the same time, they reflect the creativity, personality and inclinations of the individuals.

26 years ago Irmgard Bruder and Friederike Wanner founded the Patchworkgruppe Karlsruhe. The group was created for a creative exchange of experience by the two founders, who had been giving courses on textile design at the Volkshochschule for a long time. Since then, they have met every month in the Waldstadt to discuss the progress of their projects, demonstrations of sewing techniques and the latest materials.


Connectedness through the joy of experimental design

The group consists of 15 women aged between 50 and 80 years, who have different professions - among others in the commercial sector, as master tailor, educator and doctor. Their solidarity is demonstrated by their joy in the experimental design of textile works. The regular and annual exhibitions give them an incentive and motivation to deal with new themes, techniques and materials of textile art - away from traditional patchwork.

But what fascinates the patchwork group about working with textiles? "It's the complexity - the process of getting from the idea to the design to the concrete realization of a project. That's exciting on the one hand, and meditative and creative on the other," explains the Karlsruhe group. The inspiration for their works of art comes from the events in their lives, including everyday life, nature, art, technology, travel and current events.

And what do the techniques and materials of textile art look like? "Often a quilt can hardly be distinguished from a collage, but a required main feature is the two or three textile layers, which are sewn or connected by (sewing) stitches, whether by hand or machine," says Susanne Dopf, member of the patchwork group.

All interested parties are cordially invited to the vernissage on September 13 at 6 pm at the Fraunhofer IOSB. Afterwards, the exhibition can be visited free of charge until November 28, 2019, after prior registration by telephone (Tel.: 0721 6091-333).

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