I will be teaching a workshop in March at West Dean College in West Sussex. As a new tutor to this renowned centre for the creative arts I have been invited to show some of my work in the College foyer in the run up to my course there. I have sent a variety of work to show in this exhibition, including: Spurn Cloth #1, the large art quilt piece I made during my 2012 residency at Spurn; 49 Beer Bottle Tops (shown above) and 76 Hair Grips (both incorporating found metal with hand stitch and natural staining); a selection of paper-based pieces incorporating rust prints, collagraph and stitch. The exhibition runs form 10th January to 10th March.
I’ve just got back from the Festival of Quilts at the NEC (via making music in the Yorkshire Dales and visiting a magical garden, but that’s another story). I had a wonderful three days talking to people, meeting many I’ve met before as well as many I hadn’t, seeing some inspirational textile work, questioning the medium of ‘the quilt’ in my own personal way (in order to try to understand this diverse art form and where I fit in to its world) and sharing with people some of what preoccupies me. I was invited to be part of the Virtual Studio run by the lovely ladies at Committed to Cloth. This bunch of talented artists spend most of the show demonstrating a whole range of techniques on cloth and I added a but of rusty stuff to that collective on Friday afternoon (see above). I now have a few days to re-group before setting up my work on Friday in a sheep pen at the Skipton Auction Mart for Art in the Pen.
My work is installed in my space on stand F25 at the Festival of Quilts. I’m sharing this stand with the lovely Rose and Clive, fellow prize winners from last year. We battled motorway closures and summer storms to get to the NEC, but we made it. I’m really excited now about the show opening tomorrow.
As well as installing my work today I was able to attend the opening of European Art Quilts VII, which is showing at the Festival, before touring to Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium over the next 18 months. I was so thrilled that my Folded Wall was accepted. It is a really high quality exhibition with a wide range of styles that have come together to complement each other so well and representing 15 different countries. I feel very proud to be part of this.