Lost in Landscape

For the last two years I have been studying for an MA in Textiles at UCA, Farnham. It has been a valuable opportunity to reflect on my practice in dialogue with Professor Lesley Millar. The focus of my research was on Landscape. I have been thinking about how the making process can be a metaphor for the landscape. The work like the landscape appears physically substantial, but it is made up of numerous small, delicate and intricate elements but like the landscape it references there is an underlying order and sequence. Patchwork is a process of layers. There are hidden seams, raw edges and loose threads.

The two images above are details taken from my quilt ‘Lost in Landscape’. The complete work can be seen at the MA Graduation Show 2017 which takes place at the University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS.                        29 August – 2nd September 9.30 – 2nd September.

New Quilting at Rhegad Centre

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


6th European Quilt Triennial

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

High Summer

High Summer detail

High Summer detail

Quilt Art Dialogues opens at the Quilt Museum York

Quilt Art’s latest exhibition Dialogues opens at the Quilt Museum York  today. I am showing Grandiflora Gold.

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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