Wed. March 23, 2016
We went to the opening evening of the new exhibition at The Welsh Quilt Centre last Friday. The exhibition is called Unforgettable and dedicated to the memory of Roger Clive-Powell, Jen Jones’s husband, co-creator of the superb gallery in Lampeter, architect with a particular interest in conservation and all round charming and delightful man who sadly died last year. Jen says in the opening page of the exhibition catalogue, “It was Roger’s guiding hand, limitless optimism, humour and constant encouragement since we opened in 2009 that we are celebrating this year.” The title is entirely appropriate, not just in recognition of Roger, but also for the exhibition itself which has been curated and designed by Gwenllian Ashley. The gallery zings with the colourful quilts and an amazing ceiling sculpture displaying original Welsh hats. A cottage interior has been built, complete with a zinc roof, in one corner and displays perfectly a quilt as it might have looked in a nineteenth century bedroom. There is a three-dimensional wire sculpture of Welsh hats by Julia Griffiths-Jones. There are also exhibits of Welsh gowns, bedgowns and jackets which are worth seeing in their own right. For some reason we had not previously become members of the Quilt Centre; we put that right on Friday night and to visiting the truly unforgettable exhibition again soon.