I'd forgotten I still had a draft on FoQ still to post! One of the trends that interests me is the move to having more structural works or those that aren't a traditional rectangle. This was more evident in the white wall gallery spaces , it doesn't fit in so well in the competition categories apart from 'quilt creations' which is a bit of a mixed bag and doesn't tend to show work to best advantage.
I particularly liked how Cas Holmes work in the Art Textile : Made in Britain gallery reflected the shapes and folds of the landscapes that inspired it.
Sarah Welsby's work is always interesting and her piece in the Art Quilt Masters was displayed on a plinth which gave it a sculptural presence, being able to look at it from multiple viewpoints.
Back in the Art Textiles:Made in Britain gallery , I liked the combination by Jenny Rolfe of her neat orderly quilt with Thermofax printed images of the Colesseum contrasted with the more organic form next to it made of the offcuts.
In the gallery showing work by the 'Quinary' textile art group, I liked the stitched African strip cloth of Jean Kirk referencing old pathways ( and the shadows they cast) and the loops of silk cloth.
I've had the idea for a long time of making 'winding cloths' of meaningful scraps and offcuts ( a sort of linear travellers blanket) and I now how more idea about how I might construct them.