April 19, 2010

"Colours Of Africa" event in Essen

The "Colours of Africa" event in Essen, Belgium was packed with interesting activities and exciting exhibitions. The event was organized by Trapsuutjies in cooperation with the Town Council of Essen, Connection and Yda Walt.
The beautiful weather made the event's weekend and in particular the auction of art objects on April 17, a real treat.

Specially for the auction, from which the proceeds are for the Chris Hani Crèche in South-Africa, participants from all over the globe had been submitting journal quilts.
The journal quilts were transformed into wonderful works of art by Connection, four textile artists who also exhibited their work with the cylinder as shape during this event.
Annette Jeukens, Hella Sluyters, Jacqueline de Jong and Laura Liebenberg made pillows, a book, a Tibetan prayer wheel, a baby playmat, a totem pole, boxes and a folding screen:

the boxes

the folding screen (with one of  my submitted journal quilts)

The auction proceeds of the art objects were satisfying and on behalf of the city of Essen doubled by the city's alderman of culture.

One of the exciting exhibitions showed quilts from the art quilter Dijanne Cevaal, who kindly permitted me to take pictures and allowed me to share them on my blog. While having a nice talk with her, she was working on yet another beautiful quilt:

These are some photographs of Dijanne's beautiful art quilts:

detail from "Riverflats"
detail from "Broccoli Sunset"
detail from "River"
detail from "Traveller's Blanket"

For a better view you can click on the photographs.
Please visit Dijanne Cevaal's album for more of her art quilts and the stories behind them.

My hubby and me enjoyed this weekend very much which ended with taking a walk down memory lane in Antwerp (Belgium) for him and my birthplace Wageningen (Netherlands) for me. Thank you for your visit!

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  1. What wonderful pieces were submitted and they have been put together so skilfully and imaginatively. Thank you for sharing Geni and also for the photos of Dijanne and her work.


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