I’ve been working on several projects this week, both moving towards finishing one large piece of work, and starting another set of work, as well as finishing work and cards for my stand at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, which has rolled around again far more quickly than expected.
I’ve started work on a new project called Found, which is the title of an exhibition I am in next year with Quatrefoil textile group. It doesn’t start until October but we need images for publicity. True to form I started one piece, and it has led so far to six related pieces; there will be more too. It’s proving to be an exciting and interesting title to work to; titles are so inspiring, well, if they suit your work and personality of course. They can of course leave you as cold as a fish; I just couldn’t get excited enough to enter into a recent exhibition based on sporting themes, even though I have enjoyed watching a fair amount of the Olympics.
Found isn’t all about found materials, recycling etc, but as part of a layered approach to the subject, they will feature. It also relates to more philosophical issues, and in the case of this series of work, to fossils and undoubtedly other creatures and botanical subjects.
I was inspired to use a collection of blue fabrics, one piece from a charity shop ages ago, another an old dress, and some over the top metallic fabrics as a starting point. I do like the freshness of the blues, but they will and indeed already have been painted over. Some will be denser than others though; here are some early stages images.
After machine stitching the pieces were painted, and varying fossil forms will be applied on top. These haven’t yet been finished; I need a t shirt or two printed with that.
Painted piece no. 1, with early stage echinoderm fossils.
Painted piece no.2, with floating potential fossils. I may leave these as pebble shapes, I quite like their simplicity. Each piece is about A2 sized.
I’ve been finishing Li Carpet too, which is ready to be put together when I have a more peaceful time [should one ever write that?] after the Festival of Quilts. This work is for Six and Friends’ Orientation exhibition, so needs to be ready for early September.
The pieces after their initial construction from printed and laminated images of my drawings, and painted and printed fabrics, had all been machine stitched onto individual felt backs, then hand stitch and beads added. I’m very into component working these days.
Next stage was trimming the felt backing edges ready to machine stitch them onto khadi paper.
A growing pile ready for the machine. They are all done now, and waiting for further attention, ie me wrestling with them for several hours trying to get the whole construction to behave.
The kitchen is filling up with a motley collection of tables, stands and boxes ready for the Festival. The car is a good size but the trailer will have to be employed this year, for various bits and pieces that can cope with being extremely shaken during transit. The trailer is a small chap, but handy. The first time we used it to go on holiday some years ago we didn’t know of its vibrating tendencies, and the fruit and veg. we popped in, even though well wrapped, were certainly well on the way to being pureed when we arrived.
My stand, should you wish to say hello, which would be nice, is Demo.H. Stephanie Redfern will also hopefully be displayed on the fascia too, so I can spot where I am when I’ve been for a wander.