Budapest A long, cold weekend spent in snowy Budapest provided a wealth of photographic inspiration. One photo in particular focused on the furniture on a church door - the spiral lent itself to a repeat pattern - one large central spiral was bordered with smaller versions - inkjet photo transfer onto cottons and organza, constructed with silk, hand-stitched embellishment, machine-quilting and hand-stitched metal washers.
Wall Opposite II In Bilbao, Spain (just a short distance from the Guggenheim Museum) is a wonderful hotel fronted by mirrored windows set at oblique angles. Within these individual 'picture frames' is reflected the surrounding landscape including a wonderful 'blue building'. My photography revealing "the wall opposite" has inspired several quilts and one day I plan to re-visit Bilbao to discover just what that lovely 'blue building' was! .... it could well have been the Guggenheim itself, with the blue sky reflecting in its covering of titanium plates ........ and so the reflections go on - hidden depths.
Hever Fever The themed challenge at the Hever Castle quilt show in 2009 was 'Log Cabin'. I decided a little artistic license was allowed (!): I'd taken a photo of the "log cabin" ie wooden boathouse, which sits by the lake at Hever Castle. With a little digital manipulation (what fun the computer can be!), I "Warholised" different colourways, printed the final selected images onto cotton fabric, framed each little image with black silk and produced my own interpretation of the Log Cabin theme.
Zen Garden A peaceful little quilt, full of texture: I used mainly silks, with the addition of hand-dyed felt, jute, scrims - surface embellishment included wadding 'selvedge', manipulated ribbons/yarns, sequins and stitch.
Roots: Transition Tunbridge Wells Museum sent out a challenge to artists to interpret the theme, Roots. I'd taken a photograph showing tree roots pushing up through water, while at the same time the bare Winter branches of the tree reflected in the same water - the reflected branches and the protruding roots had, in effect, become one. Using my original photo, I then had fun with image manipulation by computer, designing "without the pencil and paper". I printed my chosen final image onto fabrics (cottons and organza) which were pieced and layered. Machine-quilting and hand-stitching added textural interest.