My new exhibition opens on Saturday 5th August at Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Wales and continues until 16th September.
The exhibition includes several new pieces of work inspired by quilt history and some older pieces which fit into the same theme including my paper quilt, the Criminal Quilts : Hanging and Star Quilt. The new work has developed from my research visit to see the quilts in February this year combined with my own collection of old and worn patchwork, plus at least a decade’s fascination with old quilts and their history.
Quilt Association collection
Two previous blog posts explore the process in more detail. Snippets of the new work are shown below and after the opening (and a brief holiday for me!) I’ll update my website with an in-depth online exhibition. I’ll also be running a three day summer school alongside the exhibition – details below.
Quilt Association Summer School
31 August 2017 – 2 September 2017.
Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Wales. £205
Fresh approaches to traditional and modern quilting techniques with a focus on design and innovation. This course will cover trapunto or Italian quilting, corded quilting, shadow trapunto, reverse applique, cut surface quilting and layering with transparent fabrics, using unusual materials including leather and lace and working by hand and machine to create interesting textures and effects. To reserve your place please email email@example.com or ring 01686 413467.
Yesterday I went into the Radio Leicester studio to talk about my Criminal Quilts project and the new work I am starting to develop for exhibitions next year.
You can listen to me on the programme at about 51 minutes in.
I’m working on new partnerships and projects for 2018 which will be announced in full at a launch event in Stafford on Friday 8th September. Full details coming soon.
Fine Art Quilt Masters: Winner Ruth Singer
I’m pleased to have a new piece of work selected for the ReThinkYourMind Yellow Book project.
My piece Ash Map will be included in the new book for 2017 which will be launched this week after an awards reception at the House of Lords last week, although I was at the Contemporary Craft Festival so wasn’t able to attend the awards.
The theme for entries was ‘I feel better when….’ and for me this is walking in the countryside. The line of the piece follows the route of a walk and is stitched with the seeds of an ash tree (called keys) which I collected. This work and a number of others exploring the natural world and the therapeutic nature of walking were created in late 2015 as I was dealing with a painful relationship break up when walking was essential to calm my mind and focus on things outside of my own head. Walking a lot is nothing new for me, I have always loved walking, but these pieces are the first work I have produced which use this experience of walking as a theme and inspiration to making. I am continuing to develop new work around walking, my experience of the natural world and hope to have an exhibition of new pieces in 2018.
July’s edition of House and Garden magazine includes two of my art textile apron pieces in a design feature called Lace it Up. I can’t show the page here because of copyright but it’s a lovely feature and shows the aprons looking bold and beautiful on a dark green wall.
Folds of Time, 2005
Time Bubble, 2. 2011
Time Bubble, 2. (detail) 2010. More details here
The Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Devon opens in just over a week. I have been flat out making enough stock to make my stand look convincing, as this is the first show I have done with this work. Until a couple of weeks ago I had less than 10 pieces. Now I’ve got…. some… lots…. more. I haven’t counted, but I’ve been really productive. I have also been buying more tools, hunting eBay for beautiful boxes and today, photographing new pieces. I am really, really enjoying making this new collection. It is exciting to be making things which don’t take weeks and weeks like most of my hand stitched quilts and embroideries.
I am now selling some of these pieces on MadebyHand online and they featured an interview with me on a blog post and newsletter last week which has been great promotion. I am also developing some prints based on my tool embroideries and I *hope* I will have these ready for the Craft Festival but if not these will be online in June instead.
My precious objects collection are now on sale on Made by Hand online. The first collection of pieces is now up for sale and I will be adding more after Bovey Tracey Craft Festival in June – I am busy making new pieces for the show! There’s an interview with me on madebyhandonline website where I explain more about the work and the stories behind the pieces.
I am also going to be showing this work at Lustre design fair in Nottingham in November for the first time. Later this year I will also be able to make work to commission so if you have any precious old tools or family screwdriver heirlooms which you would like to have made in to a work of art please let me know. My embroideries of tools on vintage textiles will be making their debut this year at shows and I am working on prints based on these pieces too.