Criminal Quilts Case Study – Fanny and Ada Riddle

Criminal Quilts is my an exhibition, research project and book.  The textiles I have created are inspired by the stories of women who were photographed on release from Stafford Prison between 1877 and 1916. I was fascinated when I first saw the photographs from the 1870s where the women have their hands on their chests. […]

Digital Print on Textile

My artist statement says that I prefer to use old cloth in my work, enjoying the history embedded within the textile, and I have tried throughout my 15 years of practice to use sustainable textile techniques. It isn’t the whole story as I do also use digital print on new fabrics for specific projects.  I […]

Visit Criminal Quilts (online)

While my Criminal Quilts exhibition is behind bars (in boxes), I have created a free online version of the exhibition. I’ve included lots of high resolution images including details of embroidery, quilting and showing textures and stitches as much as possible. All the exhibition panels, labels and other resources are also on my website for […]

Refocussing towards social justice

Last autumn, on one of my many long work-related drives, I was pondering what kind of themes I wanted to explore in my work in 2020 and beyond. Two major projects had been filling my brain for months; Criminal Quilts and my personal work exhibitions Emotional Repair and Textile Traces. All of these had powerful, […]

Press Information : Museum Acquisitions

Personal memorials in cloth Two of my recent textile artworks have been purchased by museum collections in 2019. Both pieces are textile artworks with a message; much more than simply decorative quilts or embroideries. My Memorial Sampler is now in Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire, and Repeat Offender Quilt is in The Brampton Museum. […]