Friday, February 3, 2017

Made in Europe - Alicia Merrett

Alicia Merrett, United Kingdom - The Long (English) Village

There are a number of 'long' villages in England.  They lie between a river and a road. A few houses may stray onto the other side of the road, but not usually to the other side of the river, where there are fields, either wild, cultivated, or pastures. My daughter lives in one such village, which extends over a mile and a half, subdivided into the 'upper' area and the 'lower' area.  It is 2,000 years old! Landmarks of the village are the pub, which acts as centre for the community, a Bed and Breakfast if the village is in a touristic area, and a playground for children; maybe a post office with a shop attached. In my daughter's village there was one but it closed 10 years ago.  Wind turbines are now more common. This is inspired by my daughter's village but not a portrait of it.

Freehand cutting, machine piecing, fusing, machine quilting.

Hand-dyed cotton sateen fabrics, commercial fabrics, cotton and polyester threads.


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