Exhibition 2013



Give body to absence: this is the artistic research of Amanda McCavour. The wire/thread is wrapped in forms, gives substance to the images, the plasma makes evanescent forms from nothing as if they were to return to nothing: flowers, birds, snowflakes…. hanging forms that surround the visitor bringing him/her inside the heart of art. In Gordana Brelih’s work explodes instead the color. The red, yellow, bright green, turquoise, purple. A riot of colors now shaded in delicate nuances between themselves; in this work the colours are sharp and dazzling as the light of summer.

WHERE: Sala Boggian (Boggian Room), Castelvecchio


The play of colors, the shapes, the refinement of the technique, all tied in a double thread with the Mediterranean: works of Olga Gonzalez Angulo and Carme Torras from Spain, Tiziana Tateo from Italy. Olga Gonzalez Angulo teaches patchwork and textile art in Girona. She is presenting in Verona a selection of her most significant works. The works of Carme Torras are done with the technique of strip piecing: first, the fabrics are hand-painted, and then cut into strips of different widths that are combined later. The process ends with the quilt filling: hundreds of points that give texture and relief to every quilt. In the work of Tiziana Tateo meet and cross each other paintings and fabrics, paper, twine and copper wires, plastic bags. Three artists, three visions: different but complementary.

WHERE: The Porticos of the Gran Guardia (Portico della Gran Guardia)

Exhibition “…And the stars are shining” International Competition in patchwork

The theme chosen for the 2013 international competition develops to the tune of the famous romance related in Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. The competition is open to artists of all backgrounds, with free interpretation of the title. Accepted are textile creations of traditional and modern types, designed with all the possible techniques of patchwork that could be complemented also with non-textile materials to add a final touch to the work. The evaluation of the works is by a jury of industry experts who will focus on the criteria of composition, use of color, emotional impact, originality and technical achievement.

WHERE: Church of San Giorgetto (Piazza Sant’Anastasia)

From traditional to contemporary: the Quilt making in Italy.

On display is a selection of quilt winners of a recent international competition for patchwork and quilting, free theme, organized by Quilt Italy. The works presented are originals and were exhibited only at the competition held during the Fair “Creattiva” of Bergamo, in the spring of 2012. There are two categories of participants: the traditional and the contemporary. In the first case the quilts are realized starting with patterns or traditional designs and using all the techniques of patchwork, quilting, appliqué (application), sewing by hand or machine. For the contemporary works, however, the motifs and techniques are innovative: from the “montage” of the pieces to the methods of patchwork, where even non-textile materials are applied. For both categories, the awards were assigned by a panel of industry experts.

WHERE: Church of San Giorgetto (Piazza Sant’Anastasia)

Ancient American quilts from the second half of XIXth century

Juliet’s tomb hosts some ancient American quilt from the second half of the nineteenth century. A dear Italian friend, Manuela Niero Yokota who lives in the United States, has been visiting for years exhibitions and markets in various American states looking for furniture, quilts, special items, and thanks to her we have collected, got to know and appreciated the pieces rediscovered by her.
All of the items tell a story, the story of the women who used and sewed the pieces, by hand and machine. One can imagine the life of the female authors and ask: Where did they come from? How many blankets did they sew in their lives? Why did they choose and use certain fabrics or colors or techniques? Who did they spend so much time and effort for? What were they telling each other during the many hours spent together while working?
Anyone who admires the work of those artisans can come up with one, ten, one hundred stories about them, looking at the details, the stitching, the colors, the mending.
These blankets are a reminder not to forget that it takes skills, patience, time, many lady friends … and each square, triangle, hexagon is part of a larger whole. Keeping this in mind, it would be wonderful if each of us remembers to always add a label of her work. Thus we will be able to hand down to posterity our stories, our lives, in such a way that a hundred years from now our quilts can speak of us to those who patiently will have the desire to collect our pieces.

WHERE: The tomb of Juliet


The most recent project of Ad Maiora Canada is an exhibition inspired by minerals.

Canada is one of the most important countries which extracts and produces minerals and metals. Often, textile art has focused on the beauty of minerals, reproducing their characteristics and visual effects by means of applying art techniques. The sixteen works on display all spring from personal inspirations of Canadian quilters in contact with the world of minerals. The exhibition, under the care of Sandra Reford, was presented in Toronto during a conference on the mineral/metal extraction (PDAC) and will be displayed in Europe for the first time on the occasion of Verona Textiles 2013.

WHERE: Loggia Barbaro, Piazza dei Signori

Ad Maiora… in exhibition

The members of the Ad Maiora present an exposition of works realized in recent times by means of applying various techniques. From beginners in quilt work to experts, everyone can try to create a textile “miracle”. The results will speak of suffering, patience, smiles and hard work, commitment and fun. A laborious ferment that through the love for textile “pieces” is constantly rising.

WHERE: The Public Library

From Milano, the works of La Guglia and La Guggiada

This year, in the Lobby of the Public Library, Verona Tessile hosts the exhibition “La Guglia e la Guggiada”, a Milanese Association for Needle work, patchwork and textile art (in Milanese guggiada means spire). In display are works of the Association members.

WHERE: The Public Library

Exhibition Textile Felt: the story of a passion

Following ancient gestures, the textile felt in its modern interpretation comes in a variety of fields: furniture, sculpture, design and clothing, experimenting with techniques and combinations with other materials. On display is a selection of representative works on the use of the textile felt.

WHERE: Loggia Barbaro, Piazza dei Signori

Tapestries under the care of the Institute of Don Bosco

The tapestries on display in this exhibition are the product of the patient work of the second class of the Secondary School of the Don Bosco School of Verona. They are inspired by two forms of textile art tapestries: the arrazzo (tapestry) which takes its name from the city of Arras where, during the Middle Ages, the most prestigious tapestries, including those with printing on fabric, were produced. The exhibition was realized by English William Morris, considered the forerunner of modern industrial designers. Each student has decorated their own fabric with motifs inspired by the art of Morris or Art Nouveau, which motifs are later assembled and sewn with the support of the members of the Association Ad Maiora.

WHERE: The tomb of Juliet

Matteo Volterra

Analytic Shapes for Synthetic Bodies: revised forms and volumes in new perspectives, and unexpected chromatic optics, a collection of fashion of the young fashion designer Matteo Volterra.

WHERE: Loggia Barbaro, Piazza dei Signori