Newsletter number 1, July 2013


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Newsletter number 3 sent out on 22nd October 2013

Welcome to the Through Our Hands Newsletter. Lots of exciting news to tell you about in this edition. So grab a cup of coffee and join us for a catch up!

First of all, and very excitingly, Through Our Hands is off on a small tour around Australia.  Although details of all the venues have yet to be decided, our first venture out of the UK will be to Melbourne, as part of the Australian Quilt Convention in April 2014!

And, the next major exhibition – with lots of new exciting work – will be in Wolverhampton in May 2015.  We’re all really excited and are feeling very inspired by the new challenge

The Through Our Hands magazine has been up and running for a few weeks now. You can read it here  It’s updated daily with all sorts of textile and art related news, courses, galleries, interesting blogs, and exhibitions.  Pop over and have a look, and don’t forget to bookmark it!

New work by Jette Clover has just been uploaded to the site. This piece is called Yellow Wall. It’s 140 x 160 cm and is priced at £ 3400 / € 4000 (excl. shipping)

A lot of the artists have work on the website that is for sale and there is a shop for smaller items that you can buy on line,  including exhibition catalogues, books, and smaller affordable pieces. Click here to see what’s available at the moment.

Bethan currently has her first major exhibition for a while at Cynon Valley Art Gallery and Museum, in Wales.

Bethan Ash – exhibition catalogue

showing a selection of over 20 textile works by Bethan Ash and a short article by Gwenllian Ashley about the history of Welsh quilt making inc images from Ceredigion Museum’s  collection of antique Welsh quilts.
15 x 21cm, 45 page full colour catalogue of photos of quilts dating from 1770 – 2010

UK £5.50 + postage/packing £2.00

Due to the high cost of postage, this book is only available in the UK. Buy online here

Jette has also published a new book ‘Words and Walls’ about her quilts and her ongoing fascination with communication, both the intimate quality of handwritten notes an letters and the crude expressions of graffiti, posters and advertisements in the streets.

The book has essays by Dr. Sue Marks and the the Dutch art historian Henk Lijding.

Hard cover. 21,5 x 23,5 cm
132 pages in full colour£ 25   You can buy on line here. Be sure to choose the correct postage for where you live…books are heavy and the postage rates vary quite a bit!

Through Our Hands artist, Michala Gyetvai is exhibiting in October at Ragley Hall.

Do go along and see her wonderful work
Ragley Hall Park and Gardens are hosting an exhibition by 11 artists who have been engaging with the buildings, it’s history and environment over the summer of 2013.

The catalogue of work by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs contains a selection of more than 60 textile works, mixed media, installations and photos from 2006 – 2010

20 x 20 cm, 40 pages in full colour

UK £15.50 + postage  £5.00 / EU €18.00 + postage  €6.00 / rest world $24.00 + postage $11.00

The book can be ordered through the TOH website here or by sending an email to

FREE How-To Videos by Laura and Linda Kemshall!!

Some of the very best how-to videos are being shown for FREE by Laura and Linda. Normally, they can only be viewed as part of DMTV, their on-line weekly tutorials.

Click hereto follow the link

Currently showing are monoprinting, waxing papers, painting fusibles, finding inspiration, and sketchbook secrets – using photocopies.

FREE  yes more free stuff!  Tickets to the West Country Quilt Show. We have a few free tickets to give away so on a first come, first served basis, email us on:
with your name and address, and we’ll pop some in the post to you!

Details: The Royal Bath And West Showground
28th Nov 2013—30th Nov 2013

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Fantastic news!!  Eszter,  Elizabeth (Brimelow), Sandra,and Linda (Barlow) are all through to the Quilt Masters at foq this year.  A prestigious new art quilting award of £5,000 will go to the winner, so good luck to everyone!

Left is the bookmark Annabel and Laura will be giving away to visitors to the stand at foq.

Stand P2 – opposite Fine Art Quilt Masters

There will be new quilts to see by Laura, Linda Kemshall, Eszter, Sandra and Alicia.

New Books
Elizabeth Barton
Inspired to Design by Elizabeth Barton was published in April. Elizabeth says:“It’s all about how to create your own art quilt designs and the important things to think about and consider when you’re evaluating first your designs…and then the quilts as you make them.”“The seven steps are: design sketches, size-shape-structure, depth and space, value, colour, evaluation, putting it all together.”It’s 112 pages packed with information and lots of colour images of Elizabeth’s quilts – almost half of her entire repetoire!

The sequel, “Working In Series” will be out in December

Also out recently is a Catalogue of Works by Eszter Bornemisza. All purchasing details are on the website here
where there’s a whole section dedicated to books by members of Through Our Hands.

How do you relax – or get yourself going?Gardening? A nice cup of tea and a slice of cake?How about learning to play the piano? Or square dancing? Or learning French?  Elizabeth Barton has recently taken up all of these activities!  Her local university wanted to know if playing the piano could increase your brain power, so Elizabeth volunteered. She underwent various cognitive tests, was given a piano and 6 months worth of lessons in an effort to find out.  She’s learning French in order to teach a small art quilt group in Paris, and the square dancing?  Well, a decided effort to keep fit into her “advanced old age”!  Phew.On the other hand, Alicia plays Scrabble….against the computer! It helps her get her mind working on different lines.
Other news:
Eszter has had success at Fiberart International, Pittsburgh, USA and sold her piece Lung of the City.Linda Barlow has work touring the USA as part of “Celebrate Spring” – “With A Spring In My Step”  has been to Cincinnati, Chicago and Long Beach and may go on to Houston.Her commissioned piece – York 800 has been bought for the Quilt museum contemporary collection,  “Dumb Questions No. 1″ has been to Birmingham, UK, Krefeld, Germany and Breda, Netherlands, and is off to Gent, Belgium later this year.”I Lied When I Said I Was Happy'” has been selected for Fine Art Masters in Birmingham in August. I wish I was as well travelled. Currently I am writing a short article about art quilts for The Quilter magazine and playing around with some oil paints I was given 25 years ago.

World Quilt XVII

Great news! Linda, Annabel, Alicia, and Laura have all been juried in to be part of the UK contingent who’ll be taking part at this year’s World Quilt competition. They’ll each be sending one quilt which will be on display at four venues around the US.

World Quilt Show-New England: Manchester, New Hampshire Augusts 15th-18th 2013

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza: Oaks, Pennsylvania 19th-22nd September 2013

Pacific International Quilt Festival: Santa Clara, California 17th – 20th October 2013

World Quilt Show-Florida: West Palm Beach, Florida 9th – 11th January 2014

If you’re near any of the venues and would like to visit you’ll find more information on the World Quilt website. 

Gearing up for Festival of Quilts!Inviting curators to see the quilts, fixing mirror plates to endless batons, deciding layouts, arranging deliveries, printing bookmarks, arranging videos displays, putting together a studio in a corner the stand, being interviewed, organising, arranging, deciding….all going to plan then; fingers crossed!!