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18 - 21 September 2014 20 years !- 49 days

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Maya Chaimovich, “To Be Free” - detail

Olivia Uffer, “Recyclage” - detail

Barbara Lange, “Radiation protection shield” - detail

« Color Box #13 », Shoko Hatano

Le mouvement amish a été fondé à Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines en 1693 par Jacob Amann.

C'est une communauté réputée pour son style de vie très austère, qui a donné ses lettres de noblesse à un art textile particulier : le quilt amish.

Le Val d'Argent

Le sous-sol du Val d'Argent compte plusieurs failles où se sont concentrées des matières minérales qui ont été exploitées à partir du xe siècle par l'homme :
argent cobalt, plombs, arsenic, cuivre… L'exploitation des mines a profondément marqué l'histoire de la vallée.

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2013 and 2014 EPM contest

While “Distortion” continues its journey in South Africa and it will end in Denmark next August, the selection for the 2014 EPM contest is now finished.

We would like to warmly thank the contest jury: Olga Prins-Lukowski (NL), President, Dr. Marina Blumin (Russia) and Marylin Collioud-Robert (Switzerland) who had the difficult task of selecting 43 works among 153 candidates received on the 26th of June! We would like to thank also all the participants coming from all around the world!

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On the exhibition front

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)- Wide Horizons IV

The biennial exhibition by members of SAQA’s European and Middle East Region will again premiere at EPM this year. The contest was described to the prospective entrants by curator Alicia Merrett as looking for “in-depth analysis of favourite subjects, seeing familiar things in a new light, pushing the boundaries of what we already do - creativity rather than mere technical skill”.

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On the lecture front

Please do not forget our scheduled lectures and in particular Dr. Marina Blumin’s from St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum who was kind enough to accept to give a conference on Sonia Delaunay.

Born in Ukraine in 1885 and deceased in 1979 in Paris, Sonia Delaunay was an artist with a remarkable style who left a bright mark in art history in Europe as well as all over the world. Figurehead in the fashion, culture and art worlds, she was above all one of the most influential figure of the 20th century in art deco and painting.

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WELCOME TO THE European Patchwork Meeting,
For 20 years, the meeting place for all patchwork enthusiasts !

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It has been for 20 years already that the EPM has had the pleasure to welcome, each year, visitors from all over the world. Its first edition happened in 1994 and since then this internationally renowned event has become over the years, the not-to-be-missed fair for all patchwork enthusiasts.

The EPM story starts in 1993 when the French Association of the Anabaptist and Mennonite History decides to celebrate in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Amish movement.

It turned out to be a real revelation: 18 TV channels from all over the world cover the event and 5 000 visitors attended it, bewitched by the Swiss collector Jacques Légeret's Amish quilts. Following the success of this event, it was decided to organize a yearly event.

Since then, the Val d'Argent has opened its most beautiful sites which become during 4 days, real art galleries for about thirty exhibitions comprising more than 1000 textile artworks, giving thus a very good feeling about todays and yesterday's patchwork and quilting.

It is a total immersion in a very special world where visitors can participate in classes, guided exhibition tours and enjoy a shopping area entirely dedicated to patchwork !


For its 20th year anniversary and to thank you for your loyalty and support, the EPM is preparing some very nice surprises just for you !

You will be able to meet again most of the artists who participated in the EPM during the last 20 years and who agreed to lend us one of their older works and a more recent one: a wonderful opportunity to witness an artist's evolution over time and to share ideas with them (most of them promised they would attend !)

An exhibition of more than 180 patchworks will await you in a new venue: the “Parc Minier”-Tellure_-Mine d'Argent (silver mine) and two shuttles will be at your disposal free of charge the whole day to go from the Theatre in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to Tellure and back.

- Amish quilts will have a place of honor in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines' Theatre with Jacques Légeret's fantastic collection.

- To celebrate our 20 year anniversary we are planning to publish a PRESTIGE COLLECTOR CATALOGUE completely redesigned and to make an elegant SOUVENIR BAG.

- Another must : a spectacular show given twice each day which will set the mood for the 4 day celebration !

It is thus with a lot of expectation and enthusiasm that we are inviting you to celebrate with us our 20 year anniversary !

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The EPM team






2013 EPM International Contest

2014 EPM International Contest

The 2014 Jury

Contest « Teachers' category » 2014

2015 EPM International Contest

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