I had a wonderful time at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham last week. My exhibition, 'Mapping the Imagination' looked wonderful and it was a great success. I met lots of old and new friends, acquaintances, made new quilter friends, and did a lot of teaching, too. What I managed to see of the rest of the galleries and quilt categories, was of a very high standard, some really quite stunning.
My new book of the same title - 'Mapping the Imagination' - part catalogue, part review of my map quilts, part mini-workshop on the basics of making pieced map quilts - sold like hot cakes. Numbers are getting low now! I may have to do a reprint!
The book can be bought online, and paid via PayPal, from the Through Our Hands website online shop. Click here if you want to go and have a look!
Here are some pictures of my gallery at the Festival:
These are my new big quilts, 'Coming into Land' and "Blue Harbour'. The small one is the second map quilt I ever made, 'Mapping Earth', which has never been shown at Festival because it does not fit their minimum size of 1 metre on at least one side.
On the left is my quilt 'Yorke 1611', made as a commission for the Quilters' Guild, for the celebrations of the 800th Anniversary of the city or York receiving its charter from King John. It now belongs to the Quilt Museum in York, and they very kindly lend it to me for the gallery, as again it has never been shown outside York.
This is aview of the four quilts of my series on Climate Change, shown through the four elements. and represented by 'before' and 'after' stages. From left to right, Water (floods and sea levels rising), Fire (unseasonal early bush and woodland fires), Earth (receding ice sheets, exposing big chunks of earth, and melting freshwater into the ocean), and Air (air pollution in cities).
On the outside wall, on the right, two small pieces in white and black: 'Road to Utopia' and 'Lost Railways'.
Thanks for reading! Have a nice weekend!