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Quilts 22 March 2010
Rajah Quilt, 1841 (detail). Made by convicts on board HMS Rajah
A new exhibition celebrates 300 years of British quilt making

Quilt making has long been a craft associated with women and domestic life. Originally a method of making use of old fabric, quilting has developed into a contemporary art form, with the likes of Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin using the technique in their work. A major new exhibition at the V&A in London investigates the stories behind some of Britain’s oldest surviving quilts, and shows contemporary examples of quilts that challenge and subvert their comforting, familial heritage. It also includes a quilt made by women on a 19th century convict ship, and by the current inmates of Wandsworth prison. Jane visits the exhibition with its curator Sue Prichard, and the quilting expert, writer, and Chair of The London Quilters Linda Seward.
‘Quilts 1700 - 2010’ is at the V&A in London until July 4

The London Quilters
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