Celebrating the rich legacy of women artists who make art through quilting and textiles, and inspired by the life and art of Mary Fogg, a founder member of Quilt Art and influential artist who died in 2016 at the age of 95, Material Evidence explores the themes of memory and the power of stitch through the works of 18 artists.
The first group of its kind in Europe, Quilt Art was founded in 1985 to develop the quilt as an artistic medium and promote its recognition as an art form. Its 18 members hail from all over the world and are all leading practitioners who exhibit nationally and internationally.
While all the artists take as their starting point the quilt as a cultural artefact with its unique aesthetic qualities, they are extremely diverse in their interpretation and their work does not necessarily conform to the traditional definition of a quilt.
Some experiment with paint, dye and print, unusual materials or three dimensions. Some work at the cutting edge of technology, using digitally programmed embroidery or photographic techniques. Others confine themselves to fabric and thread, but they are all united by their passion for fabric, stitch, colour and texture as well as the limitless creative possibilities of the textile surface.
Quilt Art has exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and North America over the last 30 years and this is their first London show since 2002. The show is accompanied by a book featuring all the quilts.