New ventures

Whilst the exhibition at Touchstones finished a couple of weeks ago, some of the work can be seen in new exhibition on from the 12th April til July 20th at Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales entitled ‘Construct’. It features eight textile artists exploring identity in different ways.

Then in Sept I am curating an exhibition at the IQSC LIncoln, Nebraska juxtaposing some of my signature quilts alongside examples from their collection.


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Ten days left on show


The exhibition is nearing its end so if you haven’t made it down yet, make sure you get there by the 8th March. Comments in the visitors book are very positive and Jill Randall’s show is on in the ajoining gallery.

Some of the quilts can be seen in a forthcoming exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales curated by Melanie Miller and June Hill . The exhibition features eight textile based artists and runs from April 12- July 20th 2014

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The opening night

We had a great evening on Friday, it was lovely to see so many people and enthusiastic  pointing out of signatures on the quilt.

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We invited Simon Danczuk the MP for Rochdale well as James Gartside, a local councillor who sewed on the quilt. Lets hope lots even more people make it to Touchstones to see it in person.


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Exhibition opening

The exhibition will start to go up in the next few days. Myself and Alison Salter have created handling peices that will sit alongside the quilts. Alison’s related to the 1895 quilt and mine the recent collaboration. I am really looking forward to seeing it all in one place, it has been good to have a bit of time to reflect and let the quilt “rest” in my studio. Alison has done an amazing job researching the story behind the nineteenth century collaboration.Image

The preview of the show is 6-8pm Friday 13th December, the exhibition remains on until March 2014 – spread the word.

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Nearly there

The last stage of making the quilt. Having taken time to think about how to actually quilt the cloth I decided on a strategy that I am happy with and that works. I have decided to use the diamond shape that dominates the old 1895 example for the quilting pattern. However the quilting it is not purposely precise or detailed. Rather I have used bold intuitive stitching in a range of muted colours. This not only works with the scale of the quilt but adds texture to the surface. I realise there could be a danger of it clashing or fighting with the sewn signatures, but I think it is the opposite and the quilting really brings  the signatures together. By allowing the quilting patterns to cross into a few different names they are united and melded together.


I am over half way now so the end is in sight. I did consider a couple more sessions to work on this as a group but in the end I felt it was my own contribution to the quilt and something i would like to see through to the end.

The text panels and photos of workshops are almost sorted too, ready for the December exhibition. I am really looking forward to seeing it all together in one space.

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