What do we want?
Works which show what the First World War means to you.
These can be traditional quilts or contemporary art textiles, representational or completely abstract - it's up to you.
The shape can be irregular, round, oval, square or rectangle. Size can be from around 30 cms (1 ft) square to 2 metres (79 inches) square. People choose the shape and size they are happiest with - often what fits their dining table or spare bed. The work can be 2D or 3D.
We’ll include any textile hanging, including felts, stump work, cross stitch, woven and knitted fabrics – and now painted, dyed, sprayed and stitched fabric and stitched paper, because this is what some people wanted to do.. We've also been asked if rugs can be included - no problem, if it's fabric, it's in.
And you might have noticed two painted china tiles showing WW1 war fronts in the exhibition pages, not fabric, not textiles, but they have provided a very helpful context in the exhibitions over the past year.
The only stipulation is that it has to be inspired by The First World War. It can be based on WW1 poetry, images, the feelings and thoughts you have about the war, personal memorabilia or souvenirs.
Some themes translate well into fabric and so we have quite a few pieces on tunnels, on trenches, on war cemeteries, but that doesn’t matter – they are all so different in interpretation. If you are stuck for ideas or want a few possible topics or themes - then get in touch - we can suggest some. Actually we can suggest lots, we have pages full of ideas from our early meetings in 2012 -13.
If the prospect of making a large quilt or hanging is a bit daunting, then start with a smaller sized piece which can become part of a larger work - if time permits.
And again - we don't judge the finished article. As long it is about World War One, is within the sizes we can fit on the exhibition walls, is within the law - then it gets exhibited. We will send you more information when this happens.