Never one to miss out on a chance to add to my SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) I couldn't wait to get myself over to Birmingham's NEC for the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch show a couple of weeks ago. Combined with Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycrafts it's also an ideal opportunity to see the work of some really great textile artists and group collective exhibitions and there's nothing better than seeing an artist's work up close and personal to find inspiration to kickstart the creative processes. Here are a few things that caught my eye:
I loved this Mary Poppins style embroidered bag with the wistful eyes.
Below is the work of one of my favourite textile and mixed-media artists Ineke Berlyn. She is from the Netherlands but moved to Bromsgrove in Worcestershire in 1978. I find all of her work very inspiring especially this quilted fabric book.
Ineke makes the most wonderful dress quilts - they look like dresses hanging up but in fact they are quilts. This dress made out of recycled denim has certainly got me inspired to make something similar as I have not thrown any jeans away in our house for about ten years, hanging on to them with the idea that I will eventually get round to making something really useful with them.
If you look closely at the detail, Ineka has used a Sashiko hand quilting running stitch to make a Boro style patchwork which is Japanese for tattered rags and is the method rural Japanese housewives used to repair clothing, cotton bedding and futon covers. I think I feel a throw coming on for my old sofa!
Here Ineka has made the quilt from a patchwork of hand-dyed fabrics then machine quilted.
Instead of throwing away all the newspapers covering Obama's inauguration in 2009, Ineka kept them to make a dress quilt using a paper-lamination technique combining the newspapers with organza and silk-screen printing.
You can never have too many jumpers - a quilt of Nordic style jumpers by Gillian Travis
How very Sofie Grabol
Great beetroots of our time? Or turnips?
And here is the best of the rest:
Inspired by the Klondyke Gold Rush this artist had embroidered a monochrome picture of a gold panner combined with text from an old newspaper which had been ink-jet printed onto a background of silk organza.
So I have an old deckchair in the garage and this would be an ideal way of upcycling it. Lots of great ideas and yet more inspiration for more projects which should keep me well and truly occupied till the Festival of Quilts hits town in August. Happy stitching! x