zaterdag 1 mei 2021

Key West Vibes

Key West Vibes



I made this quilt for Floridian Flavors , a SAQA regional exhibit in Florida.

You can see it in person at the Leepa Rattner museum of Art , Tarpon Springs, Florida

Most of the fabrics were bought in Florida. I found some excellent ones at  the seamshoppe during this trip.


We spent some time in Key West long ago and in December 2019 we decided to stay there again for a couple of days. We went for long walks and I took some pictures of the chickens and the lush vegetation. This trip gave me tons of inspiration for my quilt.








From The lush tropical foliage


The chickens in the streets!



The amazing sunsets



                                                     The buzz of Duval street,

                                                     The laid-back atmosphere

                                                     You gotta love Key West


You can see the entire exhibit online :here 



zondag 13 december 2020

 This is my coat Synapses. I won 1st place wearables in the Quilt Africa Challenge.



I made this for the Quilt Africa Challenge. 

To participate in this challenge we had to buy a Mystery fabric bundle from Quilt Africa Fabrics

As we could only add 25% of other African fabrics I bought some more yardage and a Mystery pack of 4 inch squares. We could also add a solid colour of our choice.

When the fabric arrived it was quite a hotchpotch of designs and colours.

I started with the 4 inch squares and cut many more from the Challenge fabrics. And also from African fabric remnants I had in my stash. ( a present from Tilly Zegers )

I made many 4 patches. I had seen the video Miriam posted about fussy cutting and joining shapes. I didn't fussy cut the squares, I simply cut them. But once cut I looked for pieces I thought would connect nicely to each other.


Then I started stitching into those blocks to connect them even more.

I ended up with many 18x 18 cm blocks and decided to  cut larger pieces of the Challenge bundle and yardage and use dark blue for my solid.

I stitched the blocks together into rows, inserting larger and solid blue blocks according to a plan.
And stitched and stitched to connect them.


I wanted to make a half circle skirt so I needed to add more blocks, so there went my plan of carefully placed blue blocks! 






For the top I drew the darts to align with the lines in the skirt and carefully cut and stitched the different pieces together.




I wanted to do something special with the sleeves. Again I used the 4 inch squares, completely finished the sleeves and then added the 3D parts.








Here you can see the quilts and wearables in the Quilt Africa Challenge and hear the comments of the judges.









zondag 1 maart 2020

20 years of Textile Art


Dreamcoats

(not all ) Roses are Red

From 20-02-2020 until 20-04-2020 Exhibition Textile Art in museum het Wevershuis in Leiden, the Netherlands.


Under the label Art2wear Marijke loves to make wearable Art pieces with a story to tell. Textile is her Passion as it lends itself to infinite possibilities of expression.
with the tactile aspect, the flexibility, the unlimited colour range and the visual texture. 

Marijke starts with a theme. Around this theme fabrics and all kinds of useful materials are  collected. She works intuitively from there. The outcome is always a surprise, even she doesn’t know beforehand what the finished piece will look like.
She  uses all sorts of surface design techniques. Starting with many tiny pieces of fabric, and colourful machine-threads she 'paints' her designs. 
The story grows under her hands, it works like a kind of puzzle, sometimes it is easy to find a fitting piece and other times it takes longer until some more pieces turn up.


Due to the Corona Virus the exhibition closed on March 13 2020

Here are some more pictures of the exhibition.


Critters' Garden Party


Dandelions and Dragonflies



left: Sunlit Orchard
right: The Butterfly Effect


left: The Emperor's Garden
right: Growth


left: Once in a blue moon
right: Moonlit Orchard


Paradise lost


You can read more in Hilda's blog here






zondag 20 oktober 2019

Nadelwelt Karlsruhe 2019

 NADELWELT in Karlsruhe, is a big event which offers its visitors a balanced mix of sales event, art exhibition and has a comprehensive course program for patchwork, sewing, embroidery, knitting, cross stitch, crochet, spinning and much more.



I was invited to have an exhibition of my Textile Art at Nadelwelt Karlsruhe 2019. The event took place from May 3 till May 5.



On Wednesday we loaded up the car with my quilts and coats and 5 display stands. We arrived at the hotel in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe in the afternoon. Ettlingen is a lovely place with a nice pedestrian area with shops and restaurants.



On Thursday we drove to the exhibition area Messe Karlsruhe to hang my exhibition.


I had a beautiful space right at the entrance of the Event. Very light and spacious!



 Artists hanging their work


Friday , the first day of the exhibition was extremely busy, There were coaches from all over Germany, but also Denmark and France. The official opening time was 10.00 a.m. , but when we arrived there were already many visitors inside!






Each exhibitor had a sign at the side of the stand.



In the afternoons I taught a "workshop mittendrin " So right in the middle of my exhibit.




On Saturday there was a WDR film crew who took some shots of my workshop.


This group consisted of German, Dutch, and Norwegian participants which led to some mixed up language. We had great fun.!







The results, Patchwork postcards


An overview of the exhibition area

On Sunday it was quiet, so I could take a look around myself. There were a great number of interesting exhibits to see!

In October I received a copy of The Norsk Quilteblad with an article on the exhibit. Great!




I had a great time at Nadelwelt, I can certainly recommend you to visit one time !