Five minutes with Jana Štěrbová

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Contemporary quilt artist Jana Štěrbová is Managing Director of the Prague Patchwork Meeting, the international textile exhibition she helped to found in 2005. We asked her to tell us more.

ECT: Why should this show be on every textile fan’s bucket list?

JS: For so many reasons! There’s the sheer number of quilts on display for a start – 1,000 quilts, in 30 collections. The range and quality is incredible too, covering everything from traditional examples to contemporary art quilts, all of them the best in their field. And let’s not forget the shopping opportunities; we offer a different choice of fabrics and equipment to that available in Western Europe and have the best prices too.  And finally there’s the show’s location. Prague is one of Europe’s top travel destinations and a visit to the PPM can be easily combined with some sightseeing.

Birgit Schueller

ICU by Birgit Schüller

Prague Image courtesy of Prague Tourism

ECT: Czech quilts are always a particular highlight - what makes them special?

JS: As artists, Czech quilters are inspired by many different things, but something we all have in common is innovation. Most people had to make their own clothes at home during the 40 year-long Communist ear, so Czech people learned to be creative. Today, this skill and innovation is being increasingly recognised overseas - Romana Cerna and Irena Zemanova are both well known internationally and three of my own quilts were bought recently by the Museum and Quilt House in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Monika Tilschova

  Trh v Yokohama by Monika Tilschová

Jana Sterbova

Blue Moon Quilt by Jana Štěrbová