Thursday, 18 June 2015

More exhibition news

Tomorrow we will be setting up our annual textile exhibition at Avoncroft Arts Centre in Bromsgrove. Everyone has worked very hard over the last few weeks to complete work so we are looking forward to sharing the results with you over the weekend. As usual there will be delicious home made cakes, fabrics for sale, an art and craft book tombola and other fun ways to help us raise money for Cancer Research, this years chosen charity.

When I last posted I talked about a challenge I had taken part in which was about to be exhibited at another fund raising event. As promised here are the results of the other members of the group.
I think this was a successful challenge! Isn't it fascinating to see how the same collection of fabrics can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Thanks for visiting and hopefully see some of you at the weekend.

Edwina x

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Exhibition news

There's a reason why I haven't posted for a while .......
I have been very busy  completing this set of work for unravelled, an exhibition of new work by myself and Catherine Nicholls that opens at The Bramble Patch on Saturday.

On Sunday you are all welcome to come along to an Open Garden and Quilt Show near Cheltenham.
This will be a feast for the eyes and the stomach! The gardens is wonderful, the quilts are exciting and the cakes will be very, very tasty!
The quilts on show are the result of the groups latest challenge using a collection of fabrics to design a textile of the maker's choice. The only stipulation was that each piece must contain twenty 'somethings' to represent twenty years of friendship which started on a City & Guilds patchwork and quilting course which I taught here in Droitwich in the early 90's.
This is my piece, Coffee and Cakes.
 And a future date for your diary
Another year of exciting work by my Bromsgrove based students. Do come along and enjoy the work, indulge in homemade cakes and help us raise money for Cancer Research. There will also be a selection of work on display by Ineke Berlyn and myself.
Hope to you can make it!

Thanks for reading


Tuesday, 31 March 2015


I called it a retreat but somehow this was translated into rehab! Maybe that was what my week away in Cornwall was about as I certainly returned home rested and relaxed plus lots of progress on my work in progress.
With an exhibition in June to prepare for I had plenty of work to fill my days and although nothing is finished, I'm heading in the right direction.
This layered, bonded piece is based on photographs taken of Witley Court in Worcestershire. The machine quilting is finished, just a little hand stitching now required to add texture.
I have begun the machine quilting on this Christ Church Cathedral hanging, still a way to go but I am enjoying working with these colourful dyed and printed fabrics.
This is the beginning of another piece inspired by my visit to Matera in Italy. I recently heard Matera described as a honeycomb of dwellings carved out of the rocks hence my decision to work with these large hexagons. The hexagons are constructed from a wide range of fabrics from smooth cottons to knobbly linens and were all dyed in the same dye pot. The colours are so subtle and remind me of Matera buildings.
I couldn't go away without my indigo dyeing equipment and everyone enjoyed dipping their fabrics and threads. I took some of my mum's embroidered linens which took the dye beautifully (actually they are much darker than the photo!)
We were staying in a beautiful area very close to Mevagissey.
This was our local cove, only accessible by footpath.
So beautiful
We visited Charlestown, a popular place for film crews!
And partook of the compulsory cream tea
- well I did, some were more restrained!
Back to work now and probably the 5:2 diet!!

Thanks for visiting


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Notans, colour and more

Well my good intentions of posting at least twice a month seem to have gone by the wayside. I'm not sure where the time goes - well I do really as I have taught more workshops than usual this month and am now busy preparing for a weeks retreat beginning in a few days time. What a luxury to have a whole week to dye, print and stitch. The only problem is making sure that I have everything I could possibly need, sorted and packed! We all know what it is like to be on a workshop and not have a particular thread, fabric, screen, printing block, paint etc to use, especially when we know exactly where it is in the workroom at home! I have been steadily collecting everything together so hopefully by Thursday, when I pack up my car everything on my list will be ticked off!
There has been some exciting work produced in recent workshops. Several of my classes have worked with exploded shapes and notans, working with positive and negative space created by cutting and flipping.

This simple activity led to many interesting designs as you can see here, some of which were later turned into printing blocks.
I taught my Colour Confidence workshop last weekend to lovely group of ladies in Greens Norton.
Before the workshop I dyed this rainbow of fabrics to cut up for their kits.

They then spent a very happy morning experimenting with many different combinations of the fabrics to meet the requirements of various colour schemes. I love the way each person arranges their fabrics in their sketchbook, a quilt for the making!
Now to concentrate on my work. Hopefully I will have lots to share with you on my return.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

February catch up

After two glorious days we are back to rain again today but then I'm not feeling guilty about being in the garden to continue with the tidying up that should have happened back in the Autumn. I'm very much a fine weather gardener so its no problem being outside when the sun shines but then there's the attraction of an indigo vat or maybe a little bucket dyeing!I'm so easily side tracked!
At present there are buckets of dye sitting in my utility room
with fabrics to over dye that have been discharged with formusol. I am building a collection of fabrics for a new piece of work based on the vaulted ceiling of the Hall at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. 
The colours are based on the stained glass windows I posted about here.
I have also spent time working on a textile book inspired by my recent trip to Vancouver. 
Having visited the Emily Carr exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery and being especially inspired by how she drew and painted trees I wanted to experiment with my own designs. I was pleased with how these sketches worked and had them made into Thermofax screens. Here you see a double page spread of one of my fabric signatures for my book.
On this page I have started stitching. This is going to be an ongoing project but as it is small and portable it will be travelling with me over the next few weeks. I will keep you updated of its progress.
If you are unfamiliar with Emily Carr's work, this is Big Raven, painted in 1931 and
Forest:British Columbia painted at about the same time. She was very much inspired by the mountains and forests of her surrounding area and having walked through forest areas I can begin to understand the depth and intensity of some of her paintings. For me each section resembles draped fabrics, not dissimilar to the trees swathed in lichen I posted here.
I also wanted to share with you a few images of Bang, the installation by Ai WeiWei which was also at Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art which is on until 6 April 2015.
This installation comprised of 886 three legged antique stools and replicas from the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912). These stools were often handed down through generations and could be found in nearly every Chinese home until the 1960's when plastic took over! They are arranged as an  expansive rhizomatic structure that suggests directions in motion with no beginning or end. Ai WeiWei suggests that any one stool can be interpreted as symbolic of an individual in relationship to the rapidly developing and complex structures of contemporary society.
The reflections of the stools on the walls of the gallery was almost as exciting as walking through the arches and tunnels constructed by them.
Back down to earth again now and off to rinse those fabrics. I will show you how they turned out next time.
Thanks for visiting


Thursday, 29 January 2015

All the C's

I'm not sure what happened to all of my good intentions at the beginning of January but here we are with only two days left. I have had a busy month which included a week in Canada visiting my good friend Catherine Nicholls in Vancouver so I suppose once the jet lag is added on it's not surprising that I haven't found time to blog.
Before I left for Canada I finished Coffee and Cakes and as promised here are some images.

I decided to free motion quilt the names of the group members into the background around the cups and as you can see this has created a lovely texture. This is one of my favourite ways of quilting backgrounds.
I also completed the hand quilting on my Indian block printed quilt so all that is needed now is a binding. I will post images when it is bound.
My week in Canada was wonderful. I haven't visited at this time of the year before so it was an amazing experience to see the rain forest draped in lichen.

There was also an abundance of fungi
A fairy staircase maybe?
or maybe umbrellas?
Some were not quite so attractive!
As well as admiring the vegetation we went on several trips including a visit to Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie exhibition: Wood Chopper and the Monkey. We also discovered an amazing installation by Ai WeiWei but more about both of these in my next post.
I hope your January has been as exciting as mine! Thanks for reading.