It is good to feel useful even while being in awe.
As foreshadowed a few days ago the Textiliste is curating a special show hosted by the Dulwich Quilters.
The venue is a stunning house in the centre of Dulwich built in the 18th century by a paper magnate, which sounds a little counter intuitive. He must have been filthy rich. One feature that pertains to houses of such vintage: the ceilings are almost in space so being confident on a ladder is essential. In addition the number of steps I climbed suggested that by the end of the day I needed oxygen.
This year the idea was to showcase a variety of projects, with an emphasis on the work done in and for the community as well as projects inspired by the strange 18 months we’ve had. As one previous use of the house had been as a boarding house for the nearby private school, there remained a shoe rack. It happened to be in columns of seven so someone had the bright idea to use it to create a rainbow from the members many creative tools and items. Hence the Cabinet of Curiosities was born.
Some of the sections were delightful
Another room was filled with examples of a challenge the group set themselves: to create pieces that reflected something of importance to the members.
Another display contained a woman’s housing project piece made to be raffled to raise money for the charity – the amount raised? £15,000
While another was a group quilt with members creating individual pieces that were inspired by the notion of home. This too will be auctioned to raise money for charity.
I’ll look at some other pieces tomorrow, but I’ll leave you with some images of the setting up… my small contribution.