I'm Silvia Dell'Aere, pizewinning textile artist, teacher and certified judge

    Since when I started to quilt I draw inspiration from nature and sea to design my quilts, that have been exhibited nationally and internationally, earning several awards, including at the Festival of Quilts.
    I have been published on Italian and American magazines and I’m often hired to hold workshops and lectures.
    I’ve judged in quilt shows and to deepen my knowledge I’ve successfully attended the Quilters’ Guild Judging Course.
    Last year I’ve been chosen as international representative of QuiltItalia, the Italian National Quilt Guild.


    Agosto 2014
    Festival of Quilts 2014: My quilt "Orkaloca" is Highly Commended


    August 2014
    From August 7th to 11th I'll be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Meet me at the EQA stand (A31) on Friday from 10 to 14 or on Sunday from 12 to 14.
    I'll show you the wonderful works of the members of the european associations that are part of EQA


    October 2013
    After 2 years of study I received my certification as Quilt Judge ^_^


    August 2013
    Both the quilts I entered at the Festival of Quilts have earned a prize.
    "The great judge" has been Highly commended
    "Hunting Song" has won 3rd prize in miniature category


    August 2013
    I've been chosen as International Representative of QuiltItalia, the National Patchwork and Quilting Association

  • NOTE: courses are actually suspended. I will be back teaching on January 2015

    Jurying / Judging service is always available

    write me at info@orkaloca.com

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  • Email: info@orkaloca.com

  • Growing up in a family who put lot of importance on culture and arts, and being a sea lover, I earned a Marine Biology degree and a master's before fully putting my hands in the art world, and this is why recognizable marine elements and natural environments are often imagery in my quilts, besides emotionally strong subjects.

    After learning traditional quilting I explored hand-dyeing, painting on fabrics and the art of marbling discovering the great possibilities of these techniques in making award winning quilts, which have shown in national and international shows, and been published in national magazines (Magic Patch, Quiltitalia newsletter).

    I regularly teach quilting/patchwork classes, I write for patchwork magazines and, after 2 years of enrollment in the "Quilt Judging Course" organized by the Quilters' Guild of British Islands, I've been certified as Quilt Judge in 2013.

  • Certification:

    Quilt Judge (after attending the 2 year Quilt Judging Course 2011-2013 organized by the Quilters' Guild of British Island)


    October 2013: Cinema Italiano (italian cinema) - International show

    Articles on magazines:

    QuiltItalia news (IT): Autumn 2013 - Miniature, piccoli grandi quilt (miniature quilts - essay)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): N° 13 - 2012 - L'autunno in un centrotavola (table runner - project)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): N° 12 - 2012 - Quando il patchwork diventa arte (reportage)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): N° 11 - 2012 - Un brillante centrotavola (table runner - project)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): Novembre/Dicembre '11 - Batik facile parte 2 (Flour paste batik 2 - tutorial)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): Settembre/Ottobre '11 - Batik facile parte 1 (Flour paste batik 1 - tutorial)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): Giugno/Luglio '11 - Fotoquilt bestiali (Animal photoquilts - project)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): Aprile/Maggio '11 - Mostra quilt a Rocca Brivio (Reportage)
    Patchwork Magazine (IT): Marzo/Aprile '11 - Primavera in gilet (Spring vest - project)
    Quilt Pattern Magazine (USA): Febbraio '11 - Faced applique (tutoral)


    International Quilt Festival Chicago 2014 - In Full Bloom: Juried group show
    International Quilt Festival Houston 2013 - In Full Bloom: Juried group show
    Rocca Brivio 2013: Collaboration at the site specific installation "CreaManiAmo"
    Rocca Brivio 2012: Solo Show
    Rocca Brivio 2011: Solo show
    Mendrisio 2011 (Switzerland): Group show
    Loch Lomond quilt fest 2011 (Scotland): Group show
    Cervia 2010: Group show
    Tolmezzo 2010: Group show
    Monza 2010: Group show

    Juried and judged show (IN=international):

    Birmingham 2013 - Hunting Song - 3rd prize Miniature
    Birmingham 2013 - Il Grande Giudice - Highly Commended
    Birmingham 2012 - Flower Synphony
    Bergamo 2011 - Delle vive paure e morte illusioni
    Rossano 2011 (IN) - Mudra mantra mandala
    Verona 2011 (IN) - Ceci ne sera pas un papillon - special prize for emotional impact
    Mantova 2010 - La gorgone invidiosa - 3rd prize
    Bergamo 2010 - Il grande giudice - 3rd prize
    Bergamo 2010 - Crochi quercie e finferli - 1st prize
    Rossano 2010 - Orka Vortex - 2nd prize

  • ART QUILT: Artistic quilts made with a great variety of materials and techniques. From the tradition to the contemporaneity.

    TRADITIONAL QUILTS: Bed quilts and decorative wall hangings, made in cotton with traditional techniques like piecing and applique.

    WEARABLE: Dresses and bags made with several matherials and the techniques of patchwork and quilting. In this category you'll find simple creations and real wearable art.