Quilt Tales One @ The Musical Museum

Musical Museum Outing.

The Musical Museum
The Musical Museum

Our home for the project is The Paul Robeson Theatre and music and theatre are naturally proving an inspirational thematic for the Quilt Tale makers. The Quilt Tales group are a hard working and dedicated bunch very keen to go on excursions, with this in mind and having such a wealth of venues and activities on the doorstep in the Hounslow area, we have decided to venture out to The Musical Museum at nearby Kew Bridge.

When exhibited the Quilt Tale quilts will be interactive, incorporating sound files into the fabric of the quilt. The group were keen to gather some soundbites of rare instruments at the museum to incorporate into the finished quilt….so off we went!

Wurlitzer hand type

After an extremely informative tour of the museum and several demonstrations of the many instruments we ended on a  high note…a recital on the museums’ prized Wurlitzer. Unfortunately Elvis tunes were not in the organists repertoire, but we were treated to a rendition of Procol Harum’s, A Whiter Shade Of Pale. Lunch followed in the museums’ cafe to digest all that we had heard and seen and discus how we might work it into our quilt.

Wurltizer glowing purple, then green, then red...
Wurltizer glowing purple, then green, then red…
Eddie & Louise outside Musical Museum.
Eddie & Louise outside Musical Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch at The Musical Museum
Lunch at The Musical Museum
Quilt Tales Group & The Wurlitzer
Quilt Tales Group & The Wurlitzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inner workings of first jukebox!
Inner workings of first jukebox!
Listening to the tour guide.
Listening to the tour guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the museums’  self – playing instruments recited Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov’s evocative Flight of the Bumblebee, which demonstrated beautifully how illustrative music can be. Click on the link below to hear for yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbKpLgm2eqE

In the spirit of striking whilst the iron is still hot, this week we had a double whammy of Quit Tales. The second meeting this week was back at our workshop. The trip to the Musical Museum provided plenty of inspiration, stirred memories of dance halls and hits which have provided the soundtrack to life histories, in short there were no creative mental blocks this week on what images to create. The group got busy making some if their most ambitious quilt panels yet, with some stunning results.

Leo's tribute to Korsakov's famous ' Flight of the Bumblebee."
Leo’s tribute to Korsakov’s famous ‘ Flight of the Bumblebee.”
Graham draws a grammafone.
Graham draws a grammafone, freehand!
Louise & Eddie doing some research to complete a leather and cotton keyboard quilt panel.
Louise & Eddie doing some research to complete a leather and cotton keyboard quilt panel.

Getting out and about proved to be a resounding success, proving that excursions and shared experiences do wonders to generate ideas and improve group cohesion. Here’s to the next outing!

Alex McEwan

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

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