The most interesting galleries to me this year were: European Art Quilts; PB Retro; Masters 2; CQ @ 10; Anne Worringer and Kate Findley. They were especially interesting as my personal focus for this year was the surface treatments of the quilts, decorative stitching and quilting. In these galleries I saw work that was mind boggling; stunning in its simplicity and complexity in surface decoration.
This focus meant that I outside theses and the Art and Contemporary open sections I saw very little. I think that I am a great deal more selective about what I spend time in front of, preferring to educate myself rather than just gawp!
I was really interested in Angela Schenz's Dancing Leaves with her use of small rectangular tablets quilted and embroidered with a flurry of red organza leaves hovering on top.
I have come away with some real food for thought the following is just a sample of the techniques that I'd like to experiment with in my work in the furure:
- Using short randon stitches to quilt, creating new shapes on the surface.
- Frayed edges to quilts
- Grids stitched on soluable fabric or paper and partilly removed
- Leaving abstract shapes unquilted, draws attention to these new shapes
- Shibori elements as surface decoration
- Use of regular repeated rows of simple hand stitches
- Using linen backgrounds
- Using markal paint stick on already quilted fabric.