The Exhibitions


Marianne Cresson

At the same time, flaming, funny, exuberant, her art using everything that falls in the hands of Marianne ; buttons, pins, springs, pebbles, jewelery, plant fiber, lace, thread, pearls, scraps of fur…
Her curiosity and her imagination are limitless. It leads us into her playful world claiming that textiles also provides us a way to have fun. 

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Marie-Thérèse Saint-Aubin

With delicacy, the work of Marie-Thérèse transports us into a world of poetry, countryside and freshness.
Very simple embroidery ways, basic points to an expression that is both strong and subtle.

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Hélène Soubeyran

“Breath of earth”
Exhibition featuring stratigraphical blocks of her past artworks (folded fiber, dyed and petrified). Ten years were needed to create this single block intended to be sawn. Driven by a strong desire to connect the past to the present, death to life, the artist has sawn his textile works, ephemeral set in resin, longitudinal and cross sections in the form of pillars, blades and fragments. a strong personal work and somewhat disturbing, a hundred miles from the textile tradition.

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Liz Jones

Discovered in Houston (Texas), this British artist exhibited for the first time all her works, a dozen traditional pieces. Liz jones is a very talented designer, colorist and embroiderer.
Her 2m side panels are ​​of a breathtaking beauty.

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Maryline Collioud-Robert

A Swiss artist who participates in many contemporary art exhibitions.

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Steen Hougs & Inge Mardal

From Denmark, these two artists complete each other: Steen paints macro nature (insects, water drops) and Inge embroiders his paintings.
Large quilts: 1.20m by 2m, seldom exhibited in France.

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Mirvia Aranda and her school

The traditional quilting revisited in large contemporary pieces, or how to create true works of art from the classics.

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“A fabric, a dream”: A fabric, the same for all, has been proposed as a base for an original work. Strong personalities have turned them into rich panels.

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“Woman” Textile artists, recognized in Spain, confront their vision of woman.
Powerful portraits, tender, poetic or realistic: very personal visions of women for themselves and their fellows, here or elsewhere.

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Odile Texier’s 10th anniversary

She has exhibited here 10 years ago. How has her art evolved ? Why such a direction? Under which influences? What major event has transformed her vision?
This is what this exhibition is all about. To compare her works today with those of ten years ago.

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Quilts from Pays de l’Adour

This exhibition shows a selection of the best works created in the Landes, Pyrenees-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées.

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It is the art of the royal court of the Kingdom of Dahomey. Each sovereign chose characteristic allegories used to identify him.
The patterns used to recognize the king through his deeds, his qualities, his ancestors …
The hangings were an intelligence service (the pathfinders described the scene with a view of the conquests), the art of sewing clothes, headdresses and umbrellas, a book of history dating back to the early 17th century, and the presentation of contemporary culture, particularly voodoo.
Napoleon III received three hangings from the king Ghézo in 1856. The figurative motifs are applied with invisible stitches on plain fabrics.

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Congo – The “Kuba”

The “Kuba” are pieces of applied raffia and weaving velvet. The peoples of the Kuba confederation live on the banks of the Kasai River in southern Congo (DRC), and the craftsmen are among the best in Africa. Their textile repertoire is very extensive: appliqué, embroidery, velvet. The dyeings are mineral and vegetable based of padouk or kola nuts for red, sulfur trees for yellow, ferruginous mud and coal for black and brown, Kaolin for white. Finally, we note the extremely varied geometric patterns: bars, chevrons, squares, diamonds, triangles, circles symbolizing the finger, the smoke, the back of the crocodile.

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The Kutch – (India)

Of this region, on the borders of India and Pakistan, it is said that “this is the world of embroidery”. Indeed, for centuries, each community, Hindu or Muslim, embroidered symbols of its life with points and colors. Codified and yet personal, this expression is always extremely refined.
After having been threatened by mechanization, it is now finally coming back into fashion.

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Around Afghan embroidered squares

The textile work of European women consisted in an extension, an echo to the embroidery of Afghan women, so that two forms of expression are dialoguing.
14 European countries participated in this humanitarian project and transcultural art.

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France Patchwork

The Association “France Patchwork” and “Japan handicraft” invited their members to work on a theme “nature, from Japan to France” : Perspectives with different sensitivities, approaches and technics.

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Pascal Jaouen

The particularity of the teaching and the skill of Pascal Jaouen is to revisit traditional embroidery and transpose it on original motifs highly contemporary, including Glazig embroidery, from the county of Quimper, colorful and made ​​with silk thread.

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Amish et Mennonites Quilts

2 exhibitions :

Zig-zag in Amish Country – old and new quilts from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

The art of patchwork was imported to North America by English settlers in 1704. In the U.S., it peaked in the 19th century.

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The rackets are having fun (Children from Saint Joseph school)

Using used rackets, the children expressed with humor a host of tasty funny faces planted on the beach of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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Froufrou collars (textile game)

How to dress, decorate, protect your neck.

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Excitement under the Louis XIV kiosk for the 9 hours of the ties

The idea was to sew out of old ties, yoyos who, gathered on a black cotton, had become a pretty dress. Dress that was to be ready for the fashion show on Saturday night! ! !
Challenge admirably succeeded, the dress has shown under the spotlights of Saturday night …

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“Flash Mob”

With a sudden desire to embroider, we met for an hour, around a beautiful tree, we took out of our pockets, our threads, and we embroidered, embroidered and embroidered the logo of Quilt en Sud under the amused eyes, stunned, of passersby …. We then garlanded this beautiful tree of our embroideries for a few days.

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Quilt en Sud 2011:

20 international exhibitions

  • 37 stalls of vendors (including Spanish, Dutch and Hungarian)
  • Demonstrations, lectures, classes, fashion show and 2 events in the city
  • 13 venues in St Jean de Luz and Ciboure
  • 150 volunteers

We hope that this festival has been an opportunity for some fine artistic meetings.