Monday, 27 June 2011

made by hand

Trundled up the A14 to see a small but perfectly formed exhibition of Patchwork City and Guild work. As you can see patchwork and stitching [embroidery] have moved so close together they are almost incestuous. A Quilt is defined by stitching together 2 or more layers and these days the stitching is probably the focus.

This heavy duty example was by Clive, one of the few men partaking, and highly valued as rare of the breed. He has an excellent eye and an adventurous style so he will go far, pursued by adoring acolytes no doubt

There were a couple of traditional quilts, which colourwise were very enjoyable. But the quilting fabrics are specially stocked to mix and match now, which has somehow taken the excitement out of finding materials that work well together.

Barbara produced this rather poetic vision of a forest. She was so delighted to have actually made a completed project, from a standing position. She had never really sewn before, and felt she had never really made anything before. So satisfying to see anyone with that glow of achievement.

This one was based on research into a brickyard I believe, and glowed with gorgeous colour.

This birdiewasn't anything special, just happy.


carol said...

Love the bricks. I'm always seeing things I think would
make lovely paintings but can't do it myself. The bird looks as if it has prosthetic legs, but, as you say it is cheery. All in all it is really nice to see so much creative craftwork happening. I admire quilts but it's not quite
Ike it was in the past when they had to be made by hand and made to keep folk warm- I think it's more fun that we can be creative forthe sake of art rather than utility. Golly gosh I'm writing an essay here....

Gillian said...

I like the bricks too, but then all of them are awesome. Your lovely work from the previous post has me thinking too.Your family tree is also "The Tree of Life".
Cheers Gillian