Wednesday, 18 May 2016

British Stitch & Quilt Village 2016 @ Uttoxeter Racecourse

So last month I was at the British Stitch & Quilt Village held at Uttoxeter Racecourse. This is an ever expanding quilt show showcasing the work of many of the UK's top quilters and textile artists. It's also a chance to meet some of the artists, see demonstrations and with dozens of textile traders there, an ideal opportunity to see what's new in the textile world and stock up on fabrics. As always I took lots of photos and here are just a few of my favourites. 

It's hard to believe this cute little piglet is embroidered.

I love Gillian Travis' great Nordic jumpers of our time

Solihull Embroiderers showed a preview of work from their forthcoming Patterns in Nature exhibition due to take place at the Core Courtyard Gallery, in the newly re-designed Solihull Library Complex in October this year. 

 Kathy Mander's Lace Cap Hydrangea was created using potato printing on a variety of fabrics and hand embroidered with silk threads

One of Margaret Dale's A Trio of Butterflies 

Finally an amazing demonstration of a long arm quilter. This would certainly take the elbow grease out of quilting and I would have loved to have taken one home but unfortunately I would need quite a few more grand in the bank and also a bigger house as it would probably fill the entire space of my sewing den.  So, another great show this year with plenty of inspiration to go home with, not to mention a few more fat quarters to add to my burgeoning stash. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Travelling Sketchbooks - Fabric Collage

For my April pages I took inspiration from the fabric and mixed-media collage of textile artist Cas Holmes who uses found objects and items of ephemera in her work such as tickets, stamps, snippets of text from old book pages and scraps of vintage fabrics to which she adds paint and stitch to create layered atmospheric pieces. 

I layered scraps of light coloured fabric onto a paper support along with scraps of text from the pages of an old book, applied gesso, acrylic ink, stamped lettering and motifs, then added free-machine embroidery to bring the whole piece together. I thought about using the missing page I found (see my previous post) for my next piece.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Found! The Missing Page

Catching the train one morning I happened to bizarrely come across a single page of a book lying on the platform at Shirley station and immediately The Missing Page sprang to mind from Hancock's Half Hour. As a lifelong fan of the great Tony Hancock (he is a Brummie to boot, born in Southam Road, Hall Green no less!) I remember so well the episode when Hancock borrows a book from the library called Lady Don't Fall Backwards by Darcy Sarto.  When he gets to the end he is mortified to discover the last page is missing so attempts to track down the last person to borrow the book before him and the author himself  to find out the conclusion. Chaos ensues of course. 

I felt intrigued though by the thought that someone, somewhere possibly on their way to work in Birmingham or in the other direction towards Stratford-upon-Avon was missing a vital page from their book. Anyhow, never one to miss a creative opportunity I couldn't just leave the page there to get trampled on, so pocketed it with the intention of using the actual page in my sketchbook and journal work somehow. I would also love to know what book the page comes from too so if anybody knows then please let me know.