Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Bridges are a connection and link. They are pathways between people and places. A bridge joins and unites. It represents progress, stability, hope and transition. I love the old steel bridges that you can see in Israel and in Europe. I admire the ability of professionals to build massive structures of steel, bolts and nuts, that bridge over rivers, valleys and roads. The quilt colors are inspired by the color of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle where we visited
Deconstructed screen printing, Log cabin
My own hand printed fabric; recycled and commercial fabrics. Rayon threads. Acrilan batting
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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In Fashion Mood
Lace, shoes and textile are amongst the most important Italian traditions that date back to the earliest ages.
Lace is the fabric of national pride and its appeal led me to give it a contemporary look using a non conventional material as sizoflor that I painted, manipulated by heat and free machine embroidered.
The shoe, made with recycled golden leather, is an homage to my city Vigevano, which was internationally known as the shoe capital of Italy and whose "Shoe Museum" is entirely dedicated to the history of shoe making, techniques and models through the centuries.
In my country lace, textile and shoes have always been an important part of our cultural life and society and have made Italian fashion famous all over the world.
My art quilt is the celebration of the Italian culture, which has an high consideration of fashion that in Italy is everywhere.
Puff painting on sizoflor manipulated and distressed by heat, free machine embroidering and quilting
Tulle,white sizoflor, pink synthetic organza and white fabric, cotton, puff paint, golden leather, embroidery threads
Another in my series of Ramshackle Houses exploring community and neighbourhood. The challenge to develop the "Ramshackle look" to depict castles was a great way to take this series further. Each castle was given their own character; using additions and accessories like I do with the houses.
Living in England, I enjoy visiting castle ruins. I love to imagine the lives of those who lived in them. Quite a different sort of neighbourhood, busy with all the people needed to run a castle. In Europe, castles seem to be located on every hilltop...Or near enough. Sometimes the inhabitants were neighbourly. But more often, those in the nearest castle were definitely enemies!
Cotton, wadding, thread
Monday, August 7, 2017
All our clothes, food and electrical goods have labels which tell us where they are made. Most of these labels do not tell us about the working conditions of the makers or the wages they receive for their labour. We assume that goods manufactured in Europe are made in humane conditions – do we really know or care?
Whole cloth with added markings and text, overlaid with dribbled inks. Hand stitched
Hand dyed fabric embellished with text and mark making using POSCA pens, Sharpies, Acrylic inks and Gesso.
Oxford Marmalade - Preserving Europe
Possibly Portuguese or French in origin, this marriage of bitter Spanish Seville oranges and sweet sugar is distinctly British in flavour. Thanks to the Scots, for centuries it's been spread each morning on hot toast. Perfect for those with discerning palates and love of distinctive flavours it accompanies sausages and ham, used in baking, desserts and even drinks.
Mary Queen of Scots ate it when she had a headache, countless Oxford (and Cambridge!) dons swear by it, tins went into battle with British troops, and a jar was found buried at the South Pole after Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition.
Each winter Seville oranges make a brief appearance in the British kitchen. Cooks up and down the land infuse their world with the bitter sweet aroma and fill their larders with glistening jars of golden sunshine.
And of course, a jar can always be found in a certain famous bear's suitcase!
All fabrics created by artist using procion dyes, breakdown printing, found rusted objects, discharge paste, screen inks, fabric paints, Inktense pencils and blocks. Fused appliqué. Free motion quilting. Hand quilting
100% cotton fabric for top, appliqué and backing.100% cotton wadding. Cotton and polyester machine threads. Artist's own hand dyed cotton threads for hand quilting
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Christine by clicking on her name.
Below are images of both quilts:
Below are images of both quilts:
|Generosity by Maria Billings|
|Ramshackled by Sandy Snowden|
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Trip to Alsace
I am always fascinated by the different styles and colours of buildings.On my trip to Alsace last year, I took a lot of pictures of the picturesque streets, and I could not wait to get home in order to transform them into a Quilt.
Machine pieced and free motion machine quilted.
Commercial cotton and hand died cotton (with inksticks)
Birchington Breakwaters II
Disintegrating sea defences on the North Kent Coast interpreted using a section of a tattered antique Durham quilt. I find beauty in the marks and textures of both structures, worn through exposure to the elements and constant use.
Machine stitching from back (perle threads in bobbin); raw-edged applique; painting on gessoed surface with application of acrylic paint washes and impasto techniques
Antique hand-stitched quilt; vintage and hand dyed fabrics; gesso and acrylic paints ( fluid and heavy body); cotton threads.
The Pride of Belfast (1912)
Quite possibly the most famous ship in the world. Built with Edwardian vanity and pride to be the world's largest, most extravagant ship.
Over 3 million wrought iron rivets stitched her steel plates together, each one confidently hammered home by hand. But from the very first rivet her fate was almost certainly sealed. Wrought iron rivets allowed the plates too much movement when she struck the ice. They proved to be her Achilles' heel.
'…And as the smart ship grew,
In stature, grace and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too….'
Thomas Hardy (The Convergence of the Twain, 1915)
Over-dyeing, discharging, rust printing, block printing and stenciling. Simple piecing, machine trapunto and hand stitching.
Fibre reactive dye, bleach, peroxide, acrylic paint, embroidery floss, cotton crochet yarn, wool and cotton batting.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Ask me why I go
I have been fortunate to live in many parts of Europe as a student and in my working life, as well as travelling for leisure. In the days before economy flights, I loved the adventure of ferry crossings, long train journeys, changing one currency for another and embracing a new language at each border. Ultimately, I went for a world quite different, a life lived outside on the streets in a sunnier clime. This sun at the heart of the world was central to that experience, balconies lived on and not for storage, exotic fruits growing on the vine or mounds of them piled up in market squares.
Nadya Aisenberg's poem of the same title always captured for me the colour and warmth of lands around the Mediterranean and Adriatic and the sense of freedom I felt far from home.
Screen printed, painted through wax resist with procion dyes ; painted with pigments; applique : raw edge, bonded and stitched ; free machine quilted and hand stitched.
Cotton sateen, linen, cotton, cotton organdie
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
From half a century later it seems that blackberrying was a celebration of the freedom of our childhood as much as a late summer's harvest tradition.
When I first read 'Blackberry picking', Seamus Heaney's words evoked this experience so clearly and conveyed a shared regret for the past harvest. I have used some of his lines in this piece. Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013, won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1995.
Screenprinted with procion dyes ; applique : raw edge, bonded and stitched ; free machine quilted and hand stitched.
Cotton organdie, linen.
The county of Devon in the south west of England, best known for its rolling green hills, so typical of the English countryside, has a number of rivers which end up in estuaries. Some of them end on the north coast, others have their mouths in the south coast. I have depicted here a generic South Devon estuary, showing some of their common characteristics – small towns on both sides of the estuary; a marina and many sailing boats; small beaches; a car ferry to cross between the two sides (bridges are placed higher up the river, where it is narrower). I have particularly referenced the estuary of the river Dart, with Dartmouth and Kingswear on its mouth, as it's the one I'm most familiar with. It has a historic defensive castle and fortress on high ground, where the river meets the sea, which is now a tourist attraction.
Freehand cutting, improvisational machine piecing, fused appliqué, machine quilting.
Hand-dyed fabrics, fusible web.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
text messages 12: Artikel 1
The German Constitution, the "Basic Law" opens with a general declaration that humans' rights are inalienable, "Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar," before spelling out individual universal human rights that are the foundation of German law and order. In these days, as millions of people are leaving their home countries in flight from war and poverty, it seems that humans' inalienable rights are losing ground as well-off industrial nations are closing their borders against the poor. Playing around with the arrangement and directions of the letters that make up the words is a symbolic act of protest against political tendencies. In its helplessness, it resembles my state of mind when looking at what is happening in the world today. We are losing sight of the basic foundation of what makes us human.
Machine pieced, machine quilted
Hand-dyed cotton fabric