Piece in a Paper!

Matty Airey is the Arts Editor at Stroud News and Journal

She contacted me about my work for ‘Curiously Enough’ and we chatted on the phone. The article is in the paper and the link to the online version is http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/leisure/9737701.Mum_s_unfinished_quilt_inspires_Susi_s_artwork/

Thank you Matty for such a sensitive and piece – I am so delighted!

Setting up today ready for opening tomorrow – see you there if you can – pictures to follow!

a delicate rhythm continues…

Curiously Enough opens at Ruskin Mill this Saturday!

We do hope you will pop in – see more details on the Brunel Broderers blog

Ruskin Mill is a beautiful place to be with lots going on

Setting up pics will follow – my work re-framed is ready and waiting. In Frome last year at the Silk Mills it looked like this and …

photo credit to Dominic Hewitt at Needlevision

In the making last time it was often helped on by a special friend

The work I am showing this time is a part of this – the paper, wax and wire pieces – they are fragile…. As the delicate rhythm continues, I wanted these caught and held, framed suspended between 2 panes of glass – hanging with the light shining through them – somewhat like stained glass… hope it works out!


Curiously Enough

I am busy preparing part of A Delicate Rhythm for the Brunel Broderers next Exhibition ‘Curiously Enough’ at Ruskin Mill in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Space (click to see details of opening times)

Curious what skills need to be learned to frame work – the wonderful drill in this picture belonged to my father in law who was a skilled craftsman – I want the piece to be suspended in a frame between glass, hanging by a web of threads with the light shining through both panes…

photo detail from our exhibition at the The Silk Mills Studios, Frome Sept 2011

more sounds of making – a delicate rhythm

Photo credit: Kay Swancutt

Today’s audio is also from Tweave – this time a short audio where you can hear the sounds of me stitching the pieces for A Delicate Rhythm…..

sounds of making – a delicate rhythm

Tweave was created by Amy Houghton and Ed Holroyd and commissioned by Craftspace. Tweave maps sound recordings of craft and making to create an evolving thread of sounds. Do have a browse and a listen…..

Last year Amy made some recordings of me and my work – this one for today’s post relates to ‘a delicate rhythm’…..

a delicate rhythm 3

Family threads

assemble and dissemble

reveal and hide

holding, piecing and joining

connecting and slipping away..

My mother was dying. I was stitching.

The two processes connected and layered together:

a delicate rhythm

I continue stitching, interpreting, defining

and the work emerges..

The pieces I am showing are from the fragments made by piecing fabrics and papers with reflections on the making and grieving process – some were stitched to the original hexagons of Liberty fabric, others were made from papers, wrapped wire, using stitch, dyes, wax. The above is in tea dyed tissue papers.

This fragment has the original hexagons stitched by my mother and I have written on lawn and pieced these in – echoing the tradition of paper piecing

a delicate rhythm

The work I am going to start showing from today has special significance  – I have decided to reveal it slowly over several posts during this month so as to share it as thoughtfully as I can. The work has been on Exhibition and part of it will be shown again this June – but more of that in the days to come…

It started with my mother – making a Liberty print quilt – a hexagonal Granny’s Flower Garden Quilt. We had lots of carefully pieced hexagons and my mother had begun years ago to make up the quilt for her bed. I remember seeking out fabrics for her, postcards arriving with scraps attached and requests. We found it carefully wrapped in a drawer and I suggested I stitch it for her as an Autumn project, sitting with her.

inching along

I am part of a ‘quilt challenge’ – a fragment piece every couple of months with each person having chosen a theme secretly and a blog to share work! I like the difference creative play on an unexpected theme gives – have a look at the first offerings here

the first piece – soft fine turban cotton layered with bamboo wadding, silk threads for hand stitch, charcoal free machined, pen drawing…

the feel of the layers, the slow smooth stitching together creating those textures

the drawing of grasses and earth showing through and threads cut, drifting in the air

hand stitched knots – flakes floating down

coral stitch frame for defining an edge and leaving edges floating

the memory of a walk

capturing an experience – the sound of birdsong, energy of small darting feathers seeking food, trickling water, sharp cold enlivening the senses