Sunday, 1 March 2015

Manchester

A long drive to Manchester and back today for the Textile Society Antique Textile Fair, to see the new extension and rehang of The Whitworth and then on to The Platt Hall Costume Museum. Almost too much visual stimulation ! It is  too dark to photograph the  beautiful things I purchased at The Textile Society Fair and I need to have a think about The Whitworth so here are some pictures of costume details. I just love the odd flounce, bow and bit of lace and decoration in an old piece of costume. I guess its my surface decoration degree background coming out in me.These elements of decoration don't come through in my work but it just confirms my love for things from the past and what we can learn from them.












Monday, 23 February 2015

Nostalgia and Progress

I have been to Leeds today to see an exhibition called Nostalgia and Progress at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery . The exhibition showcases the work of major post-war British illustrators , as well as contemporary illustrators inspired by the era. My daughter Alice Pattullo was selected for this show so there were five of her original prints up on the wall next to Bawden, Ardizzone, Charles Keeping, David Gentleman, Edmund Dulac etc. So proud of her. Here is a picture of some of her work featured in the catalogue but if you want to see more  she has just updated her blog with loads of pictures of all of the projects she has been working on in the last year.http://alice-pattullo.blogspot.co.uk

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Worn


 Another fabric book. This is my favourite ever colour scheme. I never get tired of browns.
I am teaching a workshop on how to make these at The Hearth on Saturday 21st March. Check out the information HERE








Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Small Houses


A couple of little houses which I have just put in to my ETSY SHOP. I have done them on to the foundation of a bit of log cabin but have used the back rather than the front. The little houses themselves are inspired by an old quilt called "Houses and Community" made in 1870 in New Jersey. There are more than a hundred small houses featured in the blocks. 





Saturday, 14 February 2015

How do I love Thee?



Pages from an altered book of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry that I made after visiting her grave in Florence. A great pair of lovers! Happy Valentines Day.



Thursday, 12 February 2015

Sheep


Here is another in my series of folk art appliqu├ęs made on to old large log cabin blocks. This one is based on a quilt owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is known as The Phoebe Warner Bedcover. It was made in 1890. The sheep in her quilt are just a small detail in a large elaborate quilt using a lot of  chintz broder perse surrounding the naive shepherd and his sheep. It is beautiful but a bit odd in its design!  You can see the quilt HERE





Saturday, 7 February 2015

Nenthead

Over to the beautiful  North Pennines today to see friends. The sun has been out all day and the snow has melted a bit and is starting to expose some of the soil and around Nenthead  the waste piles from the original lead mining industry. This sort of winter landscape originally inspired this quilt. It is an interesting place as it is so remote and yet so interfered with in the past that it has altered the whole contours and look of the landscape.