Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Grand Gallery of Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the SAQA Benefit Auction 2014

Maggi Birchenough (UK)

Wheels and Windows #6 is part of a series of work which began after a long photo session at Belper Mill and while I was taking Lisa Call’s Working in a Series class. The mill was one of the first water powered cotton spinning mill and is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Sadly, the mill is no longer working but the building is still used as office space and houses a museum.
The two photos which inspired the series were a photo of the mill building itself and several of the old cogwheels, still in relatively good condition.

The cog wheel

The mill building

For this piece I used a piece of pole dyed silk noil as the background. The windows photo was
manipulated in Photoshop and then printed onto silk organza. These were then fused onto the


Trying out the placement of the cogwheels


The cogwheel shapes and the shaft were cut from hand dyed silk organza and again fused onto the background over the windows. All the shaped were stitched down and then the background was quilted.

Wheels and windows #6

This quilt will be up for auction in section 2 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 22nd . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!


  1. I love the cog wheels. Machinery is often very interesting, especially like these when you can imagine what was produced with their use. I like the background, too.

  2. Thanks Sandy. I'm still working on the series but it has taken a radical turn.