Wil has asked me to write a bit about myself so here goes:-
I live in
Northern Ireland not very far from the capital
city- . Belfast
I have been involved with textiles since autumn 1985. I regard myself as both a Patchworker/Quilter and an Embroiderer. I belong to both of the
Northern Ireland guilds. I have no experience of making
traditional patchwork as I never wanted to follow someone else’s pattern and ideas. I really enjoy free machine work.
Every year for 27 years I made a large wall hanging of world events, last years -2012 - is waiting for me to make the final panel. I have lost interest in them. There will be no more when it is finished. You can see them all on my website. They have had solo showings when there were 10, 18, 19 and 26 of them.
I am happy to use any technique that fits my thinking. I prefer to work from an idea rather than working from a photo or image though of course I will use visuals to help my design ideas.
I freelance teach and give talks on my work.
I am a bit apprehensive about joining this group as it seems such a big commitment to say I will make 6 pieces within a year to the same theme. Although I have various themes that I have worked on the actual pieces are seldom made one after the other, they may well be years apart. However this will be a new challenge to me.
I have selected the theme of weeds and while we have lovely sunny weather here I am furiously making prints to use in this series.
I look forward to being part of this group.