Having been in the 'Salon de Refuses' the last couple of times I've entered ( 'CQ@ 10' and 'Dislocation') and after a year of not making anything much, fearing I'd lost my way, it's given me a real boost. It fits in with both my continuing series of indigo and seascapes and those using salvaged antique red quilts, being constructed from sections of old quilts I dyed in the garden.
A decent bottle of red with our lamb chops at lunchtime is called for I think...
From my statement:
The edges of the coast are eroding, falling into the sea, being washed up in other places. Disintegrating sea defence structures are patched up, replaced and reinforced, the coastline continually evolving, a delicate balance between intervening and letting nature take its course.
Sections of two rescued antique coverlets over-dyed with indigo, tacked together and lines of broken quilting repaired, the edges of holes caught down and darned. Through the process of stitching I attempt to reach an equilibrium of mending with leaving the fragility and beauty of worn textiles to speak for themselves.