Friday, July 28, 2017

Made in Europe II - Elizabeth MICHELLOD-DUTHEIL


She  collects and dissects any object that suits her inspiration, be it vegetal, manufactured or industrial. She likes to explore new ways of using and combining those materials.
In some of her works, the thread is a guideline and the fabric becomes a support. By accumulating various materials, abstract figures are created that combine into a more complex design, not unlike a bas-relief.

Always searching for new colours, she  uses pasting, superimposition of fabrics and dyeing processes. This is probably one of the many singular aspects of her artwork.
She, also makes great use of photographs. She tries to capture the atmosphere and the emotions of a place, to later transcribe them in her drawings or her textile artwork. This way, her work can be seen as witnesses of nature, life and past times.

Seamless edges with superimposed layers of different fabrics.
Quilting machine

Antique cloth dyed with snow.

Old Cloth / Natural Oxidation

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Made in Europe - Fenella Davies

Fenella Davies
United Kingdom
Corinth Canal, Horizon

The Corinth Canal, Greece. Started by the Emperor Nero, finished in the 19th century. A different view of the horizon

Hand stitched, and assembled. Painted, collaged.

Coarse French cotton, lutrador, gesso, paint.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Echange linguistique en français - réunion Zoom informelle prévue pour tous nos membres parlant français

Language Connection: French - moderated by Gül Laporte

September 22, 2017 18h CEST / 12pm US EDT (GMT-4)

Do you speak French? And would you enjoy exploring the wonderful world of art quilts in French? This group removes the language barrier for French speakers and allows you to get the most of your SAQA benefits and opportunities.

Vous parlez français? Aimeriez-vous dans ce cas explorer le monde merveilleux de l’art quilt en français? Plus de barrière de la langue et grâce à ce groupe vous pourrez bénéficier au maximum des opportunités et des avantages que SAQA peut vous offrir. Pour plus d’infos cliquez ici »

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Made in Europe II - Kate Crossley

Kate Crossley
Dreaming of Europe

Thoughts about Brexit, refugees and Europe.

Hand and machine stitching and quilting. Slashing. Applique.

Cotton. Silk. Linen. Felt. Bamboo batting.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Made in Europe II - Stephanie Crwford

Stephanie Crawford
United Kingdom
Protest at the RCJ  (Made in Europe II)

The idea for this quilt came on the same walk that inspired my Made in Europe 1 piece. 

A friend and I had been to an exhibition at Tate Modern and were walking along The Strand, passing the Royal Courts of Justice.  Memories flooded back of when I worked in family law, before retirement, and would travel from Bristol to the RCJ in London most weeks.  Often, after court, I would leave the building and run into a protest of some kind or huge media attention for someone famous.  I still, occasionally, miss the buzz.

I love the building and the idea to represent it grew in my mind.
I visited again to take photographs.  You never actually see this view as, using artistic licence, I removed some obstacles and made free with the layout in order to achieve the perspective I wanted.

The outlines were drawn in pencil on white cotton and then freely stitched and finally painted.  I added appliqued pieces where appropriate.

White cotton, assorted threads and fabric paint.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Made in Europe II - Maryte Collard

Maryte Collard
Song of Linen

Flax has been a traditional Lithuanian fiber for several thousand years.

Lithuanians have given a special place in their folklore and overall perception of the world to this plant, which has accompanied them since ancient times.
Making this quilt I decided to take a look back into my heritage and to use only Lithuanian made linen fabrics. It is not what I usually work with, not the colors I like, but something I grew up with, something that is deeply in my genes and in my blood, and it still sings to me.

For inspiration I drove to the Hill of Crosses, located close by. I saw thousands  of crosses, traditional, and the ones with radiating spikes, that are linked to the sun and to the pagan world tree. I saw colors and textures of a new and aged wood, rusted metal, dirt, covered with dried leaves from the last fall, and sprouts of a new grass coming out. Colors of nature, colors of my country, colors of linen...

This quilt is my tribute to Lithuanian linen.

Machine piecing, domestic machine quilting, hand stitching

Linen, cotton(binding), polyester batting, unbleached linen yarn

Monday, July 17, 2017

Made in Europe II - Maria Billings

Maria Billings
Found Made in Paris

The last time in Paris, I took my quilt sandwiches outside to paint, stitch and embellish with found items. These four tell the story of my visit: Eiffel tower, my house entrance, "Paris is blooming," and the Seine.
Pleine air painted, hand-quilted, and embroidered; entirely done by hand

Mainly cotton (recycled napkins), acrylic paint and embroidery floss;

additional bus ticket, coaster, cut-out labels, paper snippets, and ribbons

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Made in Europe II - Louise Bell

Louise Bell
Sussex Trees

'Sussex Trees' - horse chestnut, oak, hawthorn, elm, ivy, rowan and sycamore leaves with their seeds and berries.

I plan as I pin, a quilt taking shape as I work. I started this one at the top with horse chestnut and oak as they always soar above other trees. I then worked downwards, enjoying the flashes of red berry against the sky blue background. Rain and sun often travel together here, making leaves and berries glossy, giving the landscape  the look of a varnished oil painting.

The leaves are not to scale in relation to each other - hawthorn has small leaves but the contrast with its bright berries magnifies its importance in a treescape.

I used Liberty lawns to frame the work, the colours and tightly packed designs echoing the centre panel. I vermicelli quilted around the motifs, the texture of the quilted linen contrasting with the smooth appliqué.

Machine appliqué, free machine detailing, pieced border. Machine quilted using free embroidery foot and darning setting on domestic Bernina.

Linen ground, cotton appliqué, cotton mix backing and 2oz polyester wadding.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Made in Europe II - Mai-Britt Axelson

Mai-Britt Axelsen

A thousand years ago, the Vikings terrorised and colonised large parts of Europe. They sailed as far as North America and were the first Europeans to set foot on American soil.

Wholecloth quilt with added collage.

Cotton fabric, wadding, hand woven fabric, net, Colour Catchers® and cotton tread.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Made in Europe II - Geneviève Attinger

Geneviève ATTINGER

Le Piège à Demoiselles_Marinière et Pompon rouge
The « marinière » or striped sweater (a cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes) and the « bachi » ( a hat with red pompom) are worn by quartermasters and seamen in the French Navy. I reinterpreted this marinière using a white long-armed shirt and blue stripes arranged  in a new way. These seamen's sweaters are  « traps to catch the girls, in french : Piège à Demoiselles » because the seamen are known for making the girls dream because of their characteristic striped garment, their sailor hat with a red pompon, their travel stories, their adventures. Our imagination suggests that they leave a girl friend behind them in each harbour. This work depicts this fantasy.

Portraits: Free motion machine embroidery,narrow compacted strips of jersey ( kept with free motion machine sewing; machine appliqued blue strips of jersey cotton,  knots : sheet bend, machine quilted, machine appliqued

White cotton long armed shirt, blue strips of jersey cotton, cotton, fishing braid, metallic circle

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Made in Europe II will be at Festival of Quilts 2017

Our first regional exhibition will be at Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham, UK alongside Turmoil and Tranquillity. Come and visit us - 10th August to 13th.  We are in Hall 9 at TG25, a lovely big stand.