Myself and Marilyn Clark-Murphy are the convenors of the biennial contemporary quilt exhibition stitched and bound which is presented by the West Australian Quilters Association.
This will be the thirteenth stitched and bound exhibition, the first of which took place in 1995. For each exhibition, the works are selected by a panel of 3 independent jurors. This year the jurors were Leanne Bray, Janet Holmes à Court, and Lisa Walton, and 45 works by 38 artists were selected. I was lucky enough to have one of the two pieces I submitted chosen. The exhibition will be showcased at Midland Junction Arts Centre from 10 September before embarking on a tour of 5 regional galleries across Western Australia.
Before and during the exhibition, twelve talented textile artists will undertake residencies at Midland Junction Arts Centre, one of whom is me! My residency is from 23 August – 5 September. Do drop in and see what I am doing/have a chat/look for what I have for sale. Full details of the whole program can be found at Studio Program
I was thrilled to receive 2 prizes at the inaugural Australian Quilt Show in Sydney. This wallhanging received the Best Use of Colour prize. I was given some silk scraps from wedding dresses by a friend. She had got them from her dressmaker. They comprised all different types of silk and most were triangular pieces cut on the bias. I dyed them all in Procyon dyes and became instantly inspired by the vibrant colours. Before I could use them, I had to back them all with a stabiliser to make them easier to work with. Designing as I went, I made this improvisational work. I love it!
This second wallhanging received the runner-up prize in the Modern Quilt category. Another improvisational piece which was inspired by Irene Roderick’s work. Improvisational piecing, whilst avoiding the necessary accuracy of traditional piecing, presents constructional challenges and is unexpectedly time consuming!
The Australian Quilt Show will be in Melbourne next week and then move onto Canberra and Brisbane. A nice little holiday for my quilts.
Since in Perth we have enjoyed relative freedom during the pandemic, I have not ventured into the world of zoom workshops to learn new skills. But on the recommendation of a friend in the UK, a signed up for a workshop with Jenny Haynes https://pappersaxsten.com. Although it challenged my patience to work with the necessary accuracy, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (thank you Jenny) and this is the result. I am delighted with it.
I have been experimenting with making abstract wallhangings from fabric and mounting the mini-quilts on a frame so they can be hung like a picture. I am a great fan of Marcia Derse fabrics and this dominates this series of pieces. They are machine quilting, hand stitched and beaded to create interesting texture. Each item is 42cm x 32 cm and for sale for $75 each or $200 for the set (plus P&P).
I seem to be suffering from a bit of RSI in my elbow from rotary cutting! So I thought I’d give the Amanda Murphy circular rulers a go and make my first whole cloth quilt. I started with a piece of white sandwiched fabric and a circle of tiny circles. Then a was faced with the rest of the empty quilt to fill up. I am not a good planner, so I just worked my way around the piece and filled it up. A couple of appliqué blobs and a trimmed binding and it was done. Took ages but I enjoyed doing something different although frustrated at times! The quilt is now sold!
I thought I’d share with you some of my personal work. This is a photograph of Morecombe Bay in the UK, taken on a stormy morning which I had printed on fabric at Spoonflower. I then added layers of fabric and organza underneath and on top and quilted it in a manner which extenuated the falling of the light.
Bojagi are traditional Korean wrapping cloths which date back to the early 11th century. Typically they are pieced together using geometric designs and form a single layer of cloth. The narrow seams when they are combined with transparency in the fabric creates a further linear dimension. One member of the Perth Contemporary Quilt Group makes beautiful bojagi and I thought I would give it a go.
Having finished 4 recent commissions, I thought I’d take a break and do some of my own work. I decided to create 3 Bojagi hangings to replace the sheer curtains on the bay window in the front bedroom. I used silk organza with French seams stitched using silk thread. This project took a lot longer and was much tricky than I though it would be. The flimsy nature of the organza made keeping things square almost impossible plus I realised that I was going to run out of the cream fabric so had to plan accordingly. I am very pleased with the result.
A playmat for baby Austin born on 15th March. Soft flannel on the back for him to lie on now with a front to explore during tummy time a bit later on. He can learn his letters and numbers and spot fish, animals and cars during his roaming.
Remember that it is my quilt sale on Friday. Lots of quilts, wallhangings and gifts will be available for purchase. Meg Cowey of Our House Quilts will be joining me for this sale – her quilts are very different from mine! You’ll have to come along to see what I mean. The weather is set fine and the sale will be at 23 Riley Road, Claremont, WA on Friday, 4th December 10am-3pm.