In early summer, the St. Gallen Textile Museum staged the European Quilt Triennial for the fifth time now. 4060 visitors were able to admire a multifaceted spectrum of techniques, themes and colors. The international jury had selected 43 quilts from the 210 entries submitted. Quilting has become known as the American settlers’ traditional sewing art. Originally practiced to make blankets or wall hangings, this craft has been further developed by many artists in the past 40 years.
The Doris Winter Memorial Award for innovation, sponsored by Betty Barclay and worth 5,000 euros, went to Rosa Dames, Germany, for her remarkably puristic piece entitled How a Twine Falls.
Marita Lappalainen from Finland won the Award for large-format innovation, along with 1,000 euros, for her lavishly colorful Soundscape quilt. 33-year-old Sarah Schultz from Switzerland was honored with the Prize for Young Quilters below the age of 40, also worth 1,000 euros and awarded for the first time this year, for her creation entitled Dressage.
Presenting 11 quilts, Switzerland ranked among the most strongly represented countries after Great Britain and Germany. The 5th European Quilt Triennial was also presented in mid-August at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England, and will be shown from October 19 through December 1, 2013 in the Swedish city of Luleå. Form Forum Schweiz.