I have just had some fantastic news. A hanging I made last year has been accepted into theWest Lancashire Open Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk and I am thrilled. This hanging is part of my Time and Tide series; it is based on photographs of tidal pools and ripples taken at Crosby Beach, which I have been using as inspiration for some time now.
I had been working with knitting, quilting, layering, ripping and embroidery to try to create the textures and patterns of ripples, pools and erosion, but something else was required. In 2010, feeling very stuck, I attended some creative workshops with Dionne Swift at her studio. Her workshops are designed to boost creativity, which they most certainly did, but also her dyeing and thermofax printing techniques proved to be the breakthrough I needed. When applied to the work I was already doing, they added that missing ingredient I had been searching for.
I decided to make a quilt for the festival of quilts last year using these techniques. After lots of sampling I designed my quilt, dyed the fabric, hand quilted it for 100+ hours and then applied copious amount of devoré paste to burn holes in it!!! I’ve mentioned previously that I do hours of meditative sewing and then subject it to some kind of destructive process that could ruin it completely.
It is this quilt “Waiting for Tide and Time: Crosby Beach” that I entered into the Chapel Gallery Open. It is a very delicate hanging that flutters in the breeze. At the Festival of Quilts it was displayed against a black background with artificial light and no spots, so it didn’t look its best. Chapel gallery is a white walled gallery with lots of natural light and good spotlighting, so I am really looking forward to seeing it on display as it is the perfect place for it.
The exhibition dates are 21st July to 19th September 2012