Friday 25 August 2017

Bank holiday project

My project this weekend is to unpick the pink floral surface of this quilt to get at what looks like a Victorian patchwork quilt inside. In my book I write about how I always weigh a quilt in my hands when I buy one as heaviness often means something is hidden inside. I have had this one for years and the scuffing on the surface was starting to reveal a blue under layer. Here is the beginning of the process. 

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Alice Pattullo

Here is a You Tube video about one of my children, Alice Pattullo who is an illustrator based in London. In the film there is even an acknowledgement that her upbringing surrounded by books and quilts might have had a tiny bit of influence on her! So proud.... and if if you haven't been yet the show is on till September 17th at YSP.

Link HERE for the video.

Monday 21 August 2017

French Fabrics

First day back in the studio and I have finished these three textile collages which were assembled as teaching aids and made along side the students last week They use pieces of quilt I bought in France, woad dyed toile de Joey and some pieces from the Chateau collection of fabrics.

Sunday 20 August 2017

Robin Hoods Bay

I am back in the North East and catching up on the BBC Radio 4 programmes I have missed while I was away. Many people texted me at Chateau Dumas to say there was a little mention of me on Open Country in the context of the research and exhibition I did in relation to the maidens garlands in Old St Stephens Robin Hoods Bay a few years ago. Many of you will have been to Bay so it is worth a listen and at the end Eliza McCarthy sings Stow Brow, a song I used and based some of my work on.

Sorry you folks outside the UK the link may not work for you but here is a picture of the garlands! If you want to read more about my work and the story then please link HERE. Scroll down  the title page and you will find info and there are loads more pics too.

Friday 18 August 2017


I hope this gives you a flavour of what my students at Chateau Dumas have been doing this week. Lots of textile collage used in different ways. What talented students.

Monday 14 August 2017

Quilts and Donkeys

CI have managed to purchase two french quilts since I have been here at Chateau Dumas and am busy unpicking them in spare moments as I can't get them in to my suitcases in their current state. 
On Sunday I also spotted a donkey wearing a very similar piece of the yellow quilt under his saddle. Must be the fashion round here!! I also like his accompanying blue headscarf and am going to try this colour scheme myself.

Saturday 12 August 2017

French Tapestries

Beautiful  tapestries at Montpezat-de-Quercy near to Chateau Dumas where I am teaching for two weeks.