Quilters’ Guild, Russia, presents Irina Voronina Art-Quilt Studio – “The Iron Lace of Saint-Petersburg”
One of the main aims of our Quilters’ Guild is to promote talented quiltmakers from within the Guild’s membership. The art-quilt studio under the guidance of Russian textile artist Irina Voronina takes an active part in all the Guild’s projects and creates elaborate collections. The Guild’s project theme “Lace and Interlacing” gave them an idea to explore the “lacy” architectural details of their native city Saint-Petersburg.
‘The Iron Lace of Saint-Petersburg” depicts among others elegant wrought iron fence of the famous Summer Garden, cast-iron railings of one of the most beautiful pedestrian suspension bridges in the world with its griffon sculptures that have become the emblem of Saint-Petersburg.
The art-quilt studio works are carefully planned and full of unexpected textural details . The makers use layering, fusing, stitching and quilting, they dye and paint their fabrics to achieve the finest colour combinations. The photo of the process shows how meticulously the image is assembled.
The second part of their collection on the contrary depicts the scenes of everyday life and shows less glamorous city. The well yard viewed from the kitchen window, garage doors, gateways, graffiti and construction sites remind us that Saint-Petersburg is not only a gem of architecture but also a place where ordinary people live. Each maker chose a pair of complementary colours to create an atmosphere of warmth, joy or calmness.
Being different both collections reflect the love of artists to their great city.