After what can only be described as year of intense highs and lows, the start of 2019 has seen the shoots of creativity starting to sprout once more. It may not be a large piece of work (A4 sized) but ‘Rain’ is the first piece of work I have completed for a good while. Created in response to a group challenge on the theme of ‘weather’.
Life has been a bit busy recently and I have not had chance to feature my latest quilt. Another experimental mark making piece which reminded me of a cityscape, hence the title of ‘Metropolis’. It was awarded 3rd place in the Art Quilt category at Festival of Quilts earlier in the month.
Each year, designed to co-incide with the annual Poetry Festival, Weavers Gallery in Ledbury hosts a themed exhibition of invitational work by local textile artists. This year our theme was the life and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Dawn to Dusk
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
(from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem ‘How do I love thee?’)
The Wheel Goes Round …
28 June – 8 July 2018
Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DW
Open 10.00am to 4.00pm
Free entry, sadly no disabled access (first floor gallery).
I am delighted to announce that Eclectica has been shortlisted for the Fine Art Quilt Masters 2018, one of 23 pieces of work selected for inclusion in this prestigious exhibition at Festival of Quilts in August. You can see the full list of selected works here – I am in some great company.
This is one of a number of pieces of experimental mark making work which have evolved since my attending an inspirational drawing course led by renowned textile artist Matthew Harris at West Dean College early last year. It is not a quilt in the conventional sense in that I have layered, felted and stitched multiple pieces of painted muslin onto a base of wool felt. Deliberately there is no backing fabric as I wanted the drape of the wool to be an inherent feature of the piece.
Eclectica – detail
Fish ‘n’ Chips
Fish ‘n’ Chips is touring (2018-2019) with Contemporary Quilt’s ‘In Print’ challenge exhibition. Our first venue is The Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch and runs from 25th May until 8th July 2018. Other venues and dates will be announced in due course.
Monoprinted on calico using artists acrylic paint. Transfer printed appliquéd transparent fabric and acetone printed newspaper ‘chips’. Machine and hand quilting.
During March and April Hereford Cathedral hosted the travelling Weeping Window installation, a collaborative piece by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. A subset of the original Tower of London Poppies, created to commemorate the First World War centenary, this work captured my imagination.
Hereford Cathedral, Weeping Window March/April 2018
Hereford Cathedral, Weeping Window, detail
Still sticking with my mark making theme – this is an A4 sample piece I made in response.
Weeping Window Detail
The mark making experimentation continues – this time I have tried layering painted muslin to give depth to the image. When I made this I had no idea of a title but ‘Marshlands’ seems appropriate. I am not so sure about the formality of the gridded tied background quilting but I love the zing which the Frosted Matt fluorescent thread adds! The finished sample is just 9″ x 7″ in size.
The Road Most Travelled
Even though the hand is better the mark making experimentation continues as, of course, I can now add stitch as well! This is a small (9 x 7 inch) hand stitched sample piece.
More Mark Making
Making marks with simple tools is addictive!
Media used : acrylic ink and water on rag paper (with gesso underpainting)
Tools used : old store card, Japanese paint brush and pen tops.