'The Last Rays of Glorious Sunlight Before The Rest That Night time Brings'

The piece below has this rather long title. It was inspired by walks and time spent in a cherry orchard in Le Marche in Italy. It has many hand-dyed pieces of fabric along with a few commercial ones.I also used voiles. There is some printing - both monoprint and thermofax screen prints. I joined sections together and then cut them up again! Continually. Sometimes I photographed the piece at a certain stage and then cut up the photo to see how this would look. It is extremely densely quilted. The size is approximately 1.8m x 1.5 wide. It received 'highly commended' by the judges at the NEC, Festival of Quilts, 2015.

In 2016 this also won The Art Quilt trophy and the Machine Applique Award at The National Quilt Championships at Sandown.

Finding Perspective

Selected for the juried exhibition of The Contemporary Quilt Group of The Quilters Guild 2016.  The name of the exhibition - 'On The Edge'.

This piece was also the winner of The Anne Tuck Memorial Prize in 2016.

This piece uses worn denim jeans, hand made felt, hand dyed fabrics which have been monoprinted and painted silk. Printed words are embedded in this. 

Applique and dense quilting.

'Moving Through'

This was made for an exhibition with 'Visual Marks' artists which was held at The National Needlework Archive. The title of the exhibition was 'Tides of Change'. Moving Through was inspired by a wave formation but with the underlying idea that 'sometimetimes the only way is through'.

It began as a painting with dyes onto a silk and cotton mix fabric. This was then appliqued and then finally layered and densly quilted.

It is stretched over a canvas. Size is 1M x 1M.

'Another Day at the Office'

This heavily quilted and appliqued piece was inspired by a large newspaper centrefold photo of someone cycling in the early morning through one of the London parks, probably on his way to work.  All around were glorious autumn colours. I couldn't help but hope that the man looked up once in a while to enjoy his surroundings.

The central tree is hand-painted silk. There are also voiles and further painting. There are words stitched across it saying 'another day at the office....another day at the office...'

Approx. size is 80cms square.

'Night Swimming' 

This piece is painted silk, with applique and dense free-machine quilting. It is framed and mounted. 

'In Context'                                               

This triptych was made for exhibition at Highcliffe Castle - following one of the stages in its' renovation. I was impressed by the way that the yellow stone stood out, when viewed from a distance and this influenced the resulting piece of work. Hand dyed fabrics, including velvet. Tiny tucks. Some hand made felt. Foils. Hand and machine stitching. Each section is stretched over a frame.

This piece is now sold.

'A Fleeting Glimpse'

The idea for this came from those times when we are rushing - maybe in a car or train journey, when you just catch sight of something that you wish that you had time to investigate further. To take a walk ther rather than just 'speed on through'. The words 'A Fleeting Glimpse' are printed and stitched into the work. It uses hand-dyed silks, commercial fabrics and tiny pieces of velvet. It is thoroughly stitched!

I find birds so characterful - I can't resist including them - here are two -
'Admiral Starling', who seemed to be rather precocious. I used a printing technique to begin this project, it was then layered and machine stitched. Stretched over a canvas. 
Secondly, 'Bird of Courage'. This piece is machine stitched and painted. Stretched over a canvas. Sold.