L’AIGUILLE EN FETE 2012
The Aiguille en Fête show took place in Paris between February 9th and 12th in a beautiful venue – “La Grande Halle de la Villette”.
This Parisian event focuses on anything related to thread, such as embroidery, knitting and patchwork and quilting. Despite the snow and the polar temperatures, the visitors were enthusiastic and would have never missed this show!
On top of all the vendors bringing their new creations and products, the organizers display the work of different artists and groups on the Mezzanines around the merchant hall. This year, the European Patchwork Meeting was very proud to be invited to show the works of the finalists participating to its 2011 international contest, “Tangle”. A great discovery for a large number of visitors who didn’t even suspect that art quilt could be so beautiful!
Sewn was also present – as they offered a bicycle to thank the public for its participation to the viewer’s choice.
The three dimensional “Enlacement Urbain” made by Olivia Uffer from France ended to be the preferred quilt, while Mrs. Annie Sauvage won the bicycle!
We were very happy to discover. Mazako Wakayama, a renowned teacher and quilter from Japan, Elina Luisis Grinberga as well as Nigel Hursltone and James Huntig, two very gifted British textile artists.
Also, the Royal School of Needlework (UK), the Art future design school from St Petersburg, the International school for textile arts were part of the invited artists, while we were going “back to the future” with a display of old sewing machines.
In 2012, the Editions de Saxe are celebrating their 50th anniversary and at this occasion they were showing works of their leading designers as well as the “Patchwork du Coeur” designed by Christian Lacroix that measure 4m x 4m.
We will very soon tell you more about this group quilt.
On the merchant floor, the “baby go” interested a lot of quilters discovering that cutting fabrics in specific shapes accurately can speed, improve and ease their sewing.
The next Aiguille en Fête show is scheduled from February 14th until February 17th 2013 at Porte de Versailles; indeed, the organizers need more and more room to welcome its visitors and we are looking forward to this new venue. See you in 2013 in Paris!