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This unique app, made for the V&A, takes you on a journey through three centuries of quilt making in Britain. It presents 22 works from the spectactular Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition, which was on display at the V&A in Spring 2010.

Weaving audio commentaries, video clips and original interviews with stunning photography of quilts old and new, the App reveals the stories, fabrics and techniques involved in making the quilts on display. Listen to V&A curators, quilting experts and textile artists, including Grayson Perry, who share their insights, while zooming into high-resolution images for a detailed, stitch-by-stitch look at selected works.

The V&A has thrown open its archives to reveal historic textiles rarely or never before seen. Featured works include the ‘Rajah Quilt’, made by women convicts while being transported to present day Tasmania aboard HMS Rajah, ‘Patchwork with Garden of Eden’ by nineteenth-century quilter Ann West, as well as contemporary pieces such as the ‘Right to Life’ by Grayson Perry and ‘To Meet My Past’ by Tracey Emin.

This app also celebrates the work of those whose names have been forgotten, but whose colourful and creative stories now survive through their quilts. It presents the stories – along with patterns and pieces of cotton and silk, and you can discover how experts have pieced together histories from clues hidden in the layers of fabric.

Quilts 1700 - 2010 - three centuries of beautiful objects of delight, intrigue and inspiration.

Priced at £1.99, it is available to purchase from the iTunes Store
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A Pentimento application created by Antenna Audio for the V&A, produced for the exhibition Quilts 1700 - 2010.

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Quilts 1700 - 2010 Hidden Histories

Quilts 1700 - 2010 Hidden Histories

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Event - Agi & Sam

Fri 23 October 2015 19:00–20:45

Agi & Sam are London-based fashion design duo Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, who met while working at Alexander McQueen, and founded their own label in 2010.

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