The Easter holidays are always a good time to get out and about and find new things to do. We’re always on the look out for fun days out, exhibitions, new craftsters and markets to visit, so thought we’d give you the low-down on what’s inspiring us at the moment……
On Easter Sunday, we went along to the ‘Quilts – Hidden Histories, Untold Stories’ exhibition at the V & A museum and were absolutely blown away. It’s a beautiful exhibition and the focus on the histories behind the quilts really gives it depth. From quilts made to celebrate marriages to those made to show political allegiances, there really was something to interest everyone, even if you’re not a quilter or patchworker yourself. We were particularly moved by some of the contemporary pieces which focused on a theme – such as the piece made using scraps of fabric from clothes and old black out curtains during post-war WW2 austerity and a quilt made by prison inmates who were using their piece to reflect on their time in prison and their hopes for the future. If you’re a keen quilter but can’t visit the exhibition, you can share your work with the world on the museum’s Quilt of Quilts website, there are some wonderful examples which should inspire those who are new to the craft to get started!
If you’re more interested in buying than making, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the 2010 dates for the FLARE Contemporary crafts markets have now been announced – check out which artists will be involved this November and get the dates in your diary!
Speaking of dates for the diary; there are of course two serious arts events taking place in York this month – the first being the April Revolving Gallery event which takes place this weekend at Gray’s Court – if you fancy bagging yourself a piece of original art as well as finding out more about local emerging artists, this is the event to attend.
If this wasn’t enough to keep you all busy, the following weekend is, as you’re no doubt aware, York Open Studios, the annual weekend when lots of local artists open up their homes and studios to the public. It’s a fantastic event and we always go away with a little something – even if it’s just a card!
Finally, we know there are lots of smaller craft groups going on in York, but check out Newcastle Craft Mafia – how fantastic would this be for York! If you know of any groups like this in the area, do let us know!