With most of my energy and time at the moment focused on sorting through house contents for pre- painting storage ( 8th May) or disposal ( 30 April), it's taken a very focused effort to finish off CQ January-April Journal Quilts before 30th April deadline. They're mainly machine rather than hand stitched for expediency but having made JQ's since 2003, it was important to me to keep going with them as these fabric 'sketches' are a crucial part of my artistic practice.
April : Rodwell Trail. Positive and negtive monoprints of vegetation
March : Weymouth Harbour ( from Rodwell Trail)
February: Rydal Colours - 'sketch' from NW CQ retreat in Lake District
January: Red Loops- sample for International Threads ' Red Stapelia ' piece
With most of my studio packed up ( apart from art materials, scraps for JQ's and an on-going hand stitched indigo piece ) and the first of my courses for University Certificate in Biological Recording coming up this week with it's 2 assessed assignments, I came to the very difficult decision to stand down from the next round of challenges with International Threads. I've been very proud to be a member ( and my work will still be touring to various exhibitions) and I've enjoyed working within parameters that stretched me. I like the 40 x 80 cm size and this I may well be continuing with in the future.