International quilts on display

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An impressive international quilting exhibition showcasing the natural wonders of the world will be displayed in Ashburton from tomorrow.

The three-day exhibition at Annie’s Country Quilt Store features the work of quilters from Japan, France and New Zealand.

Aotearoa Quilters were invited by organiser, Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild of Japan, to be part of the project, which is called Natural Cities and Wonders of the World.

Ashburton quilter Marie Williams, who is a committee member and South Island representative of Aotearoa Quilters, said the exhibition was impressive and would appeal to anyone with an interest in visual arts, in general, and not just quilting.

She said participants had been given a photo of a natural wonder and challenged to quilt their own interpretation of it.

Of the 30 natural wonders featured, three each were from the three countries involved, the remaining 21 from all around the world.

New Zealand’s three wonders were the Moeraki Boulders, Aoraki Mt Cook and Wai-o-tapu.

Other wonders include the Great Barrier Reef, Iguazu Falls and Bryce Canyon.

Each quilt is 50cm by 50cm.

Mrs Williams said the exhibition would tour all three participant countries, and included six or seven venues on the North Island, as well as Christchurch, Dunedin and Ashburton.

“I saw the exhibition in Rotorua and it is just so interesting to see how quilters interpret the same subject in different ways and also how they use different techniques and styles.”

The Natural Cities and Wonders of the World exhibition at Annie’s Country Quilt Store is on display from 10am until 4pm on May 4, 5 and 6. Entry is by gold coin donation, which covers the cost of couriering the exhibition to Ashburton.