Quilts

This group of work is inspired by historic quilts, much of it created or planned in 2017 when I visited the archive of the Quilt Association to develop new work for my Fragments exhibition. These pieces are also in my Textile Traces exhibition, 2019. The Patchwork Prints series also developed from this research.

Most of these works are for sale. Please enquire for more details.

Stretched. Silk including naturally-dyed. Lead weights. Machine sewn. 2019

Textiles, like humans, change over time. The softness and undulating ripples of an old, worn quilt reminds me of female flesh, the comfort of our mothers’ bodies and our own changing shapes. This quilt was inspired by an old quilt which had drooped and distorted to become something quite new and sculptural, far away from the neat, flat patchwork of competition quilts. It is a celebration of the joy of growing older and changing shape. 65cm square. £500

 

 

 

Windows. Hand stitch. 2019
Sometimes the back of patchwork is as interesting as the front. This piece is made from an exquisite but damaged silk patchwork, later made into a chair seat cover. By cutting windows in the backing to reveal the underside of the patchwork, we can focus our attention on what we would not normally see. 
Antique patchwork made with silk and cotton backing. 
£450

Tracery. Machine sewn patchwork. 2017

Tracery is a direct response to the quilts in this collection and on display alongside my work.  When I came to view the quilts I was entranced by the damaged ones and chose to make work which reflected this. Tracery has been made and unmade to create a quilt purely of seams holding the remaining threads together, just like the quilting stitches holding together quilts which would otherwise fall to pieces.  To quilt lovers, my preference for the discoloured reverse, the wrecked by laundering,  the paint-spattered and the pieced army blankets may be puzzling but I love the stories held in damaged or ordinary cloth. The humbler the better for me.  I am interested in what it says about those who made it, bought it, sold it, used it, abused it, preserved it and mended it. My training in museum work taught me to look at objects from every angle, exploring every possible story to understand the thing as a whole, not purely as a visual object. As an artist I choose to look from one very specific angle and to explore that rich seam of narrative in as much detail as I can. 100cm x 100cm. £750

This piece was shortlisted for the 2018 Fine Art Quilt Masters exhibition.