2018 promises to be a busy and, hopefully, exciting year as two groups to which I belong will be showing work at three venues. And it is an opportunity for me to explore in some detail my subject for this year's work based on Dryden's translation of Virgil's Georgics.
The first in time is 'Contrasts' with All Threaded Together at the Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, Northamptonshire, 3 - 16 March. The group consists of former students of Brenda Boardman who meet once a month to exchange ideas and encourage each other. Most importantly, we are an exhibiting group and details can be found on our website at www.allthreadedtogether.com
The second exhibition, 'Into the Fray', is with New Horizons Textile Group at Cowslip Workshops, Launceston, Cornwall 27 March - 8 April. The exhibiting group is a long running one formed in 1993 and which I joined in 2016. Our website is at www.newhorizonstextilegroup.com
The third show is 'Connections', also with New Horizons, at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, 9 - 12 August. This is the largest quilting and patchwork show in Europe with about 30,000 visitors over four days. So Virgil should get a lot of exposure!
SAQA - "Made in Europe"
I joined Studio Art Quilts Associates in 2016 to keep in touch with the wider world of art quilts and to explore the possibilities of entering work in international exhibitions. In August I saw the call for entries for "Made in Europe" and also SAQA's "Silver" show at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham but it was some months before I decided to enter a quilt.
I wanted to make a piece which was decidedly London - after all, that's where I live. Inspiration struck me at the end of November - I would make a quilt based on my journal quilts for 2015 on the theme of the concrete brutalist archictecture of the Southbank. However, I had to work quickly!
I had taken a photograph of the National Theatre some time ago and this was the source of my inspiration. I printed it out to scale (120cm x 70cm) and then started creating the fabrics for the piece. Yards of white cotton was monoprinted using a Gelli plate, one of my favourite techniques. I cut out pattern pieces corresponding to the image, which were then fused onto the background fabric. Extra texture and colour was applied with paintsticks and the whole piece was machine quilted. The last stitches went in on Christmas Eve - I had to finish it by then as I had been using the dining table to work on and Christmas lunch and quilts are incompatible!
I submitted my entry online with photographs and was delighted to learn that it had been accepted. So, Southbank 13 will be shown in Daytona Beach, FL, Lancaster, PA, Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI.
The photographs below show some of the monoprinted fabrics and a detail of the quilt. In isolation, the printed fabrics can look quite ugly and messy but selective cutting out and the right placement can create a passable representation of the concrete of the era
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