My latest joy is textile
art. It is great fun to find out
"What happens if you do this?"
I am also involved with a
large group of quilt artists who are making monthly journal quilts. They
will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston
Some of the previous ones I have done are on the journal quilts page.
2005 Journal Quilt
"Warm and Wonderful"
Journal Quilt from March 2004
One of the journal quilts from my 2004 series, "The Elizabeth Pages" has
been included in a book called "Creative Quilting"! The page about
Elizabeth during the reign of her sister Mary is a full page spread
found on Page 40 of the book.
You can see the book at:
The past four years, I have
been back at college working towards my
City and Guilds qualification in
I am pleased to say I have finally FINISHED!
I have been invited to
be a designer for the 2007 Bernina Fashion Show!
To see the garments shown
at the International Quilt Festival in
Houston, Texas, this year
have a look here!
This is a prestigious
event, sponsored by Bernina Sewing Machines and Quilts, Inc.
where 39 designers showed ensembles
they created in response to a theme. The theme for 2006 was
Many of these designers have been creating garments for the show
for a long time
and have years of experience.
Some of the people I have met
connected with the Quilt Art email list, encouraged me to send in a
portfolio of my work.
I was not sure I had enough to warrant this, but the organisers do keep
your portfolio and update it as you make more garments.
So, I thought I might possibly get an opportunity to participate
in the future. What a thrill then to receive an invite already!
I feel very honoured to have been
invited to participate in this event.
For me, this was a dream I thought I
could only achieve after many years!
I am so exited to have a reason to create some of those exciting
fantastical ideas that fill my head!
The Bernina Fashion show
for 2007 will involve 46 garments or ensembles.
The designs are to be kept secret until they are revealed at the
International Quilt Festival in November 2007.
The garments have to be completed and then
sent off by the end of May 2007,
where they will then be photographed for the books and publicity
materials that are put out for the shows.
I will look forward to putting photos up here next November when the
ensemble has been shown. After that, it will go on tour
for approximately 2 years.
What a surprise I had in
August, to hear I had won the Student Category at the Festival of Quilts
Erosion and Decay
My Full Working Design explored the concept of distress and oxidation on
metal. I used the discoveries made to create a design for a yoked, gored
skirt in rust dyed fabric.
My prize was £1000 for me and another £1000 for my City and Guilds
West Herts College in Hemel Hempstead.
As a winner, I am required to
make the design up in full and enter it into the appropriate category
for Festival of Quilts 2007. (For the skirt the
category is Quilt Creations, which includes 3D and wearables.)
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