I am very pleased to have three quilts accepted for the exhibition ‘New Quilting’ at the Rhegad Centre in Penrith, Cumbria. This exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until the 23rd April. More details can be found by visiting http://www.rhegad.com
One of my featured quilts is ‘Lightstrike’ (above) It was made in 2008 so its lovely to have the opportunity to show it again. It is interesting for me to look back and think how my work has changed over what is nearly ten years. Lightwave was one of a series of quilts exploring light and transparency and represents the period when I started painting with thickened dye rather than using shibori techniques to colour my fabric. The two other quilts are ‘Liquid Amber’ (below) made in 2011 and ‘Green Blooms’ made in 2015
It has been a few months since I have written anything, this is because am studying for an MA in Textiles at UCA Farnham and it is absorbing all of my creative time. My work has become focused on a small area of landscape in the Cotswolds which I am very familiar with, its changing colours, the cycle of the seasons and the passage of time. I am currently working on a piece inspired by a wild flower meadow
Here is a colour study and detail of the work in process which I am thinking of calling ‘Meadowsweet’
Next week is the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham and I am thrilled to have two works there. Green Blooms has been selected for the Fine Art Quilt Masters
Along with this piece ‘High Summer’ is in the 6th European Quilt Triennial (see previous post)
I am very happy to be exhibiting with zero3 at Textile et Kunst in Munich, Germany. Our exhibition is called Signature VI. One of the pieces I am showing is ‘Red Blooms’
The exhibition runs from the 5th October until the 23rd October 2015
I have just received a copy of the catalogue of this exhibition currently showing at Textilsammlung Max Berk, Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg, Germany in which my quilt ‘High Summer’ is included. This exhibition will be shown at the Festival of Quilts next year (11-14 August) at the NEC, Birmingham and as with all the previous Triennial’s there is much exciting and innovative work.
High Summer detail
Quilt Art’s latest exhibition Dialogues opens at the Quilt Museum York today. I am showing Grandiflora Gold.
I have become fascinated with photographing and drawing garden flowers and looking at them in close detail. Below is a colour study for the quilt. I find it very helpful to play around with the colour before I actually start the work, as you can see I have not nescessarily followed the colour scheme of the painting but its very helpful to have when making fabric choices.
The exhibition runs from the 11th September until the 31st October 2015. Sadly the museum is closing but I feel I have been very fortunate to have exhibited my work there on several occasions including in the opening exhibition ‘Quilts in Time’ curated by Helen Joseph
I often make colour studies for new work, this is very helpful in developing a feel for the balance of the piece and determining which areas to emphasise. I like working with watercolour paint, it has a luminous quality.