Gather And Arrange by Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way presents 20 architecturally-inspired handstiched quilts inhabiting the neo-Gothic interiors of Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute.
This exhibition is part of the working partnership between artists Sheelagh Boyce and Annabelle Harty, whose participatory project will unfold in full over the winter months.
The work focuses on a shared interest in architecture, art, food and fashion through the creation of handsewn architectural quilts and reconstructed fabrics.The quilts are put together from personal, loved collections of clothing from friends and family, each provenance made significant through the threads of history and emotional attachment. While taking inspiration from traditional American and Japanese quilt making techniques, Boyce and Harty are not bound to these disciplines and delight in going against the grain.
Quilts are positioned throughout Mount Stuart, shown over selected pieces of furniture, and placed in the window alcoves along the sea-facing façade of the house. The architectural, often modernist roots of the quilts can be read in conjunction and conversation with the Victorian and arts and crafts interiors of Mount Stuart.
Boyce and Harty envisage the history and nature of quilt making as core to the sense of community-led work. In addition to visiting the exhibition, participants from the island community are invited to gather used clothes, made special by the person that wore them, and transform these into their own quilts in workshops led by Boyce and Harty.