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Verona Tessile 2019 won the bet: Together we can!

Italiano (Italian)

we have waited so long for this event that since 2011, every two years, it has become the reference point for Italian Quilting even if from this edition we can really say “International”

A festival of joy and color. Of positive messages and friendship. Of sharing, curiosity, deepening. ArteMorbida had given a voice, in a November 2018 article, to Maria Teresa Sansotta, president of the Ad Maiora association who conceived and carried out this project, strengthened by the conviction that “Together we can”. Dreams come true when we share ideals and goals. Won. For our joy …

With this premise we are perhaps led to think that it is a beautiful event, nice, cheerful but of a minor tone compared to what we see outside Italy. Absolutely not! Starting from the city hosting the event: Verona. And then the prestigious venues of the individual exhibitions, the professionalism and care dedicated to the preparations, the assistance service of the volunteers of Ad Maiora who gave a magnificent support to the exhibitors, attentive to their smallest needs. Nothing has been left to chance. Professionalism and attention to detail make Verona Tessile an event of the highest level. We must also mention another novelty of this edition: a market space set up with stands of different Quilt Shops on the national territory.

If you wish, you can consult the complete program of the event HERE and in the coming days we will publish in-depth articles on some of the festival’s exhibitions.
Meanwhile let’s look at some pictures …

Palazzo della Gran Guardia

In Bouvette Room the exhibition of new works by the Association Ad Maiora “His Majesty The Hexagon”, curated by Roberta Bugli, focuses on works made up of very small hexagonal pieces, mostly hand-sewn.

Paola Bellotti “Esagoni Controcorrente”

In the Multifunctional Room “Migrating Windows”, the first world exhibition of textile art on the theme of migrations conceived and curated by Annamaria Brenti, in collaboration with Silvana Zenatello and Piera Quaglia. Itwill be followed by Silvana Zenatello, Patrizia Madrassi and Maria Teresa Sansotta.

(an article on this particular exhibition will follow shortly)

In the Central Hall of the Noble floor the Collection Jacques Légeret of ancient and modern quilts of the Amish and Mennonite communities (coordinators Donatella Ferri Faggioli and Roberta Sartori).

Also at Palazzo della Gran Guardia the solo exhibit of Joe Cunningham has been organized by Rosanna Valente and Simonetta Gazzola.

(an in-depth article will follow shortly)

In another room on the Noble floor, “LAUDATO SI ‘“Praise be to you, my Lord” – From Francis to Francis, International Competition (coordinators Gianna Dalla Pozza and Giovanna Caldana).

At the Achille Forti Gallery of Modern Art, at Palazzo della Ragione (Sala Scacchi), Susanna Bigardi has been coordinate the works belonging to the Guild of Hungarian textile artists.

The perfect execution of a white majolica stove with the boutis technique: extraordinary!


Emanuela Meneghini and Vincenzo Callea curated the collective exhibition Purgatorio e Paradiso , “L’amore che move il sole e l’altre stelle” (“Love that moves the sun and other stars”)

Museo degli affreschi – Tomba di Giulietta

among the works of the collective exhibition, a special attention to the Christ by Laura Franci, aka Stile Malena

Absolutely unexpected and unscheduled but very welcome to all the presence of Margaret Fabrizio and her colorful Siddi Kawandis Quilt
(HERE in a recent interview)

Much more to see, such as in the Protomoteca, among the busts of the illustrious Veronese, and in the window of Sala Nervi of the new Library, Daniela Spezzati and Paola Bellotti have curated the exhibition of works by some Italian associations from Portogruaro, Pazze per le Pezze, and from Parma, Arte Patchwork and Parma Patchwork.

In the central courtyard of the Natural History Museum of Palazzo Pompei by arch. Sammicheli, Luigina Franco and Anna Tommasi has been coordinate the exhibition “Stone Carpets” created by the national association Quilt Italia, reinterpretation of the geometries and figures of the polychrome marble floors of the Italian palaces and churches.

And then on the calendar various events, conferences, demonstrations. A very high level Quilting festival … we can’t wait to participate in the next edition: appointment in April 2021!

Emanuela D'Amico

English version Mi sono avvicinata al quilting nel 1992, da allora ho frequentato diversi corsi in Italia e negli USA per approfondire le tecniche del patchwork, passando dai disegni tradizionali o geometrici alle tecniche artistiche con cui posso esprimere la mia creatività. Insegno le tecniche base e avanzate dal 1998. Ho fondato la Scuola Romana Quilting nel 2015: e dal 2014 organizzo a Roma la mostra di ArtQuilting: ArteMorbida. A partire dal 2018, con la collaborazione di Maria Rosaria Roseo e altre colleghe/amiche abbiamo iniziato la pubblicazione di ArteMorbida Textile Arts Magazine. Oggi ArteMorbida è anche, finalmente, una rivista cartacea. Parola d’ordine: Divulgazione!