The venue was in a very busy area of London between two stations Euston and Kings Cross / St Pancras, this meant that quite a few visitors were passers by with suitcases. Some of the visitors were even more colourful than my work!
I thought I would give a description of my work and close up images for those that are interested if your already bored switch off now.........
For me it was the idea of strong women that inspired my work. Many women throughout history and into the present day whose strength is seen in a supporting role much as the caryatids support the fabric of this church. Using modern and traditional quilting techniques I created a body of work to honour such women
|Caryatids above the entrance to the Crypt|
|The Sign on the corner of Duke Street and Euston Road|
I used the shape of the arches in the crypt to shape the top of the quilt, I then stitched the quilt including the three figures which I then cut out and filled the holes with textiles that can be seen through and used the lights to show it off (the images below don't show this as they were taken on another quilt). Names of inspirational women were stitched onto the quilt using the sewing machine and added texture to the quilt with hand stitching and painted bonda web. When the whole piece was complete I used metallic foils to catch the lights. I was pleased with the results but there are things that I would have done different, we live and learn!
|painted bonda web and hand stitching|
|Used to fill the figures|
|Used to fill the centre figure|
|hand stitching and machine stitched name 'Mary Shelley'|
The shapes removed from the inspiration quilt were attached to three smaller quilts. I used machine and hand stitching on the quilts and as well as the cotton fabric I'd dyed and used in all the work, I included small pieces of silk, just to give a bit of interest. Again when they were completed I used foils and mounted the quilts on artists canvas! I was happy with these the one on the left doesn't photograph well it was colour on colour (better in the flesh). These three were called 'The Jugglers', the reason is like all women they have everything in the air and occasionally something crashes to the floor.
|Stitching on the figure|
|Machine, Hand Stitching and Foil|
|The lightest fabric is silk|
|Hand Quilting, Painted Bonda Web and Foil|
Hope your not dozing off!
Onto the next project now.....