This is a new page created to give an insight into some of my works and the processes behind them in a little more detail than entries on my Blog page or the Galleries. Enjoy and feel free to ask me questions through the Contact page.
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 of that year I saw SAQA's "Silver" show at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham - inspirational. I also saw the call for entries for "Made in Europe" 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 architecture 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), making two copies, 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 used acrylic paint, applying it with a roller and creating a range of colours from black to light grey. I was not trying to make perfect yardage, but textiles with textures. All the textiles were then fused with Bondaweb
I used one of the copies of the scaled photograph as the pattern, cutting up the different elements to be used as templates. The printed cloth was auditioned for colour, tone and texture then the pattern pieces were each cut out, corresponding to the image, and 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.
In 2017 Southbank 13 was shown in Daytona Beach, FL, Lancaster, PA, Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. This year, 2018, it will be shown at venues in Europe.
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 brutalist concrete architecture of the era