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Kantha

A visit in 1988 to the Woven Air Exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London which showcased  hand embroidered Kantha quilts from Bangladesh and Bengal brought about a change in Setterington’s work and a dialogue with contemporary quiltmaking that has continued ever since.

Lynn has collaborated with numerous women’s groups on projects over the last two decades, including the Harris Museum in Preston, Gallery Oldham and groups in Guajarat India. She has also worked with a wide variety of schools and community groups throughout North West England. Her work is in major collections from the V&A Museum to Whitworth Art Gallery, Denver Art Museum and Crafts Council Collection.

The Azadi Quilt, made with women in Preston, was displayed at the Imperial War Museum North and is now on show at the Harris Museum in Preston. The project was initiated to acknowledge fifty years of independence (from Britain) for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

In 2010 Lynn made two visits to the US, one as part of a research fellowship from the IQSC in Nebraska to investigate Asian quilts specifically the kanthas of Bengal and quilts of India. The second visit was to the Museum of Art in Philadelphia to carry out research work related to the exhibition Kantha:The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal.

In 2011 a collaboration with Ruby Porter and the Sreepur village resulted in an exhibition Threading Dreams in the Community Gallery of Gallery Oldham. The exhibition showcased a number of Lynn’s kantha cloths alongside the work of women in Sreepur Bangladesh. In 2012 another collaboration took place when Lynn, Ruby and Sreepur made a joint signature cloth.

Published: 28th July 2013
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