Lesley Brankin

Textile Artist

Month: October 2019

Sacred Spaces

Back in February I mentioned starting a new project based on a group visit to Coventry Cathedral.  Here is my finished quilt which  has its  first public showing this week as part of Stitch in the Middle’s ‘Sacred Spaces’ exhibition.

Down the Ages

My design started with three images, two taken in the Old Cathedral and one in the New Cathedral:

Coventry’s ‘Old’ Cathedral

Window Voids, Old Coventry Cathedral

Detail from the Baptistry window by John Piper

Playing around with overlaying, blending and edge detection software on my iPad (I used a variety of free Adobe Apps available from the Apple App Store) I created an interesting design which, when cropped, became the basis for my quilt. The  background calico was printed using acrylic paints and a gel plate before shapes cut from florists fibre fleece, painted Lutradur and paper laminated organza were appliquéd (bonded) on top. Once sandwiched the quilt was machine quilted to emphasise the shapes of the buildings and provide additional texture. My quilt is approximately 20 x 18 inches in size.

As well as ‘Down the Ages’ my little quilt ‘Old & New’ (shown a few weeks back) and a couple of my older quilts (also based on church architecture) will be on show alongside work by other members of the group.

‘Sacred Spaces’ by ‘Stitch in the Middle’ is showing until 27th October 2019

at Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW (10.00am – 4.00pm)

Other  venues will hopefully be announced in due course.

 

Trying Something New

Sometimes the creative juices need a boost and what better way to achieve this than indulging oneself and attending  a stitch retreat?

I am just back from (a rather wet) Eastbourne having spent 4 days in the company of the fabulous Hungarian textile artist Eszter Bornemisza and 6 other like minded students. It was a  rare chance to explore some of the creative thinking and techniques behind Eszter’s amazing work and all without the distractions of everyday life to get in the way.

The first 3 days  of ‘Captured in Nets’ saw us stitching, embroidering, trapping, painting, dissolving and even melting various materials to create a sample range of exciting new textures and fabrics. Work was of course interspersed with plenty of cuppas, nibbles and not least a fabulous lunch courtesy of Christine, our amazing retreat organiser and host.

‘Captured in Nets’ – a wall of samples

Where I live!

Happy Accidents

The final day was spent bringing together everything we learn’t to create a piece inspired by our own interest. Mine is based on Polynesian Stick Charts and the designs of Napa barkcloth – this is still a work in progress so watch this space.

‘Captured in Nets’ – work in progress

‘Captured in Nets’ was a stitch retreat organised by Studio 11 Eastbourne

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