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Journal Quilts & Other Work 2020

Journal Quilts 2020; 23cm x 23cm (9” square), to include something recycled.

My ‘recycled’ is going to be the sari silks, lace and so on, wool laminated for surface texture.

A Year in my Garden, Geographe Bay, Western Australia. So much to learn. I have Ponytail palms, a Mango tree, a Curry tree, Peppermint Eucalypts, Ferns, staghorn and Yukka. A mandarin tree, a lemon tree, Strelitzia , Kangaroo paw and numerous plants I can’t identify. Some kind of pumpkin, tomatoes, Thai basil and coriander, which I could never grow in the UK.
And a fish pond with mature Koi.


January

Garden composter.

The star of the back yard. Rusted and weathered, I have tried to capture the textures using my hoard of silks and other natural fibres including a piece of my wedding dress. Dyed grey, it has added raised texture. Machine quilted with a muslin backing.

 


February

The Fish Pond

A continually moving gallery of glorious colour and pattern. Do they ever sleep? Painted silk, Inktense pencil. Recycled sari scrap for the plant pot.


March

Kangaroo Paw.

Iconic native Australian plant, added to the garden. Now dying back, it’s Autumn here. Striped net curtain, image painted with inktense pencils after quilting. Additional quilting on stripes in wool thread.


April

Mangoes.

Mangoes ripening on our tree, such gorgeous colours as they develop. Soft and delicious to eat. Wool and silk fibres for mangoes, applied to cotton/silk cloth, quilting on wool wadding.


May

Log Pile.

Richly coloured Jarrah wood, a feature of our forests here in the far South of WA. In the C19th exported to the England for railway sleepers and wooden cobbles for the City of London. A log burner is our only source of heat as we go into Winter here. Moving and stacking the logs is a work of art. Daily in my view from my studio. Dyed ribbed cloth, pieced over papers, recycled dress fabric for background.


June

Willie Wagtails.

Frequent visitors to my garden, begging for food on the doorstep. I don’t feed them although it’s tempting. They wag their tails in such an inquisitive, comical and friendly way. Painted with screen inks after quilting outlines. Further machine quilting, hand stipple and glass beads.


July

Strelizia.

These elegant flowers have come into bloom again in mid- Winter. One of many surprises in my WA garden. The splashy print border fabric from the remnant box at the Marimekko factory, Helsinki, 1979.

   
   
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