Jan Fowler. I was contacted by her husband via my website as they thought my work reminiscent of her attempts to capture nature in various forms. Some of my pieces like journal quilt 'Cross Currents' above do have similar qualities in looking for patterns in the materials used but I can only admire and aspire!
Tuesday 27 August 2013
cliffs from Portland, mountains, sea spray. He's already 'dibbed' the second one for his office, praise indeed.
Thursday 22 August 2013
Tuesday 20 August 2013
The Contemporary Quilt exhibition 'horizons' was I think the best yet. It had a lovely well lit gallery space, it had been hung sympathetically with related colours and themes grouped together and the unified size (50 x 150 cm) gave a coherent display. Difficult to choose favourites there were so many I liked.
Sandra Grusd and Joanna O'Neill
Chris Dixon and Hilary Richardson
Other examples also from India were those utilitarian but lovely Godharis made of old weathered saris.
Finally a new work but based on worn surfaces, the stunning piece ' Blown' by Susan Hotchkis in the SAQA Metaphors of Aging exhibition (which I stewarded on Saturday, good chance to have a closer look)
It was good to see Pauline Burbidge's work again - I never get tired of her layers of subtle mark making through fabric paint and stitch.
'Red stones 2' by Dianne Firth was probably the most innovative, with the shadows cast by the 'stones' on the wall an integral part of the piece, with a 3d quality when looked at in different directions.
Monday 19 August 2013
My favourite piece that I wanted to take home was ' Barn Door' by Claire Benn hung outside the ' Vitual Studio' of Committed to Cloth. I loved the combination of simplicity and richness of patina, much like the peeling doors I'm so fond of.
This weekend, besides cooking to replenish the 'hump', I've been catching up with my journal quilts, admiring my purchases from Festival of Quilts : threads from Stef Francis, Wonderfil and Chris Gray (Mabon Arts) ; fabric from African Fabric Shop and Changs; most of all the indulgent acquisition from John Gillow of a faded, darned, indigo strip woven Mossi cloth from Bukino Faso.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Plenty of posts to come on Festival of Quilts but they require a bit of thought and I'm a bit brain dead after getting back from Shakespeare's Globe well after midnight! It was our 8th wedding anniversary and we went with Sue and Peter to see a superb production of 'TheTempest'. As a present we had a boat trip from Bankside to Embankment after the performance - not very far but the lights on the water were wonderful.
Tuesday 13 August 2013
which went through several repaints and has yet to be fully resolved