Marthe Donas (1885-1967), a well-known international avant-garde painter, inspired Monique Gilbert for her new textile art project. A project about just one painting of her, would promote the artist and her work even more.
Monique Gilbert presented her project to the musée Marthe Donas in Ittre and got permission to start with the project. The owner of the chosen painting not only agreed with the set up, but also promised that the results would be shown at the museum and be allowed in the Espace Bauthier in Ittre next to the “Abstracte Compositie nr.6”.
During the Crossroads workshops Monique Gilbert guides the participating artists in making the right square of 15 cm, enlarging it to 90 cm, choice of material, technical assistance ets. Some of the chosen details :
Exhibition from October 13th through November 11th 2018 - Musée Marthe Donas, 36 rue de la Montagne, B 1460 Ittre www.museemarthedonas.be
In 2012 Monique Gilbert (Belgium) set up a project with her Crossroads students. She asked them to choose an abstract painting made between 1951-1961 by Belgian painter Paul Van Hoeydonck (1925). Students needed to interpret – not copy – his work into a textile. They could use a detail, colour or a shape to make it their own design. All techniques were allowed.
The Art Quilt must measure 80 cm x 80 cm even if the original work has a different size. The making of the Quilts were discussed during Monique’s workshops.
The collection received support from Viking Sewing Machines for exhibiting the Art Quilts at the European Patchwork Meeting in September 2013.