'Koan: In Buddhism, a puzzling, often paradoxical statement, given to students to provoke sudden intuitive enlightenment and spiritual awakening'
This quilt is a further exploration of my interest in creating movement within the stillness of the quilt form.
GABRIEL IS MISSING Quilt 45x49 ins
The eye travels in and out of the surface, signifying varying spaces and times.
The relief elements combine odd materials to give a sense of immediacy and edginess.
It’s a talisman for the safe return of my quilt ‘Gabriel’ (an angel) that went missing in transit and disappeared last year.
SHARON & CO Quilt 60x60 ins.
Sharon is a girl I used to see around my town. She got into bad company, went downhill and sadly died. I wanted to make a quilt in memory of her.
It grew and developed very intuitively as I layered the fabric and moved it around. It turned out to be like a stage set, where Sharon is a success, the star of the show.
GLUE AND STICK Quilt 61x67 ins
Pasting tiny scraps of floral paper on to a model pig and dog: the only activity my mum could focus on when she had Alzheimer’s. Even when everything else was fading away, she could still do this with perfect accuracy.
This activity was her (and our) lifeline, day after day after day.
In the quilt, despite the calm subject, the blue eyes are anxiously trying to make sense of the world around.
GABRIEL Quilt 72x63 ins
Gabriel has a job to do - he is a messenger. I wanted to let him gradually appear, through layering, stitching and drawing. Slowly his spirit came through.
PUPPETS Quilt 53x57ins
Patti Smith's song Dancing Barefoot inspired scribbly crayon drawings of figures and faces which took on their own personalities as they were translated into stitch and fabric.
MOTHER ME, MOTHER YOU Quilt, 67x61 ins
Quilts are made over a longish time, during which Life casts its influence on the work in hand. I made this quilt between regular 400-mile trips to see my mum.
I like to have an idea in mind and improvise as I go along. The image began as a baby elephant, but gradually she took on her own personality - that of an old and enduring lady.
BILLBOARD FOR THE SOUL Quilt, 52x59 ins
Close your eyes and watch the flickering ghost-map of your restless thoughts, and try to be still.
NEON PETUNIAS Quilt, 58x58 ins
All the various scraps of fabric were collected from different places, friends, charity shops and days out. They group themselves into parts and passages and take the eye on a round trip.
WEDDING WRAP Quilt, 55x52 ins
I made a collage of all the wrapping paper from my wedding gifts, and made a quilt from it.
CALON LAN Quilt, 51x58 ins
The old Welsh hymn Calon Lan sings of a pure heart. This quilt is a celebration of contented times and simple gifts.
I don't ask for a luxurious life, the world's gold or its fine pearls, I ask for a happy heart, an honest heart, a pure heart. If I wished for worldly wealth, it would swiftly go to seed. The riches of a virtuous, pure heart, will bear eternal profit.
CATHERINE WHEEL Quilt, 52x53 ins
My previous work had been subdued in tone, reflecting a spiritual theme, and I wanted to make something in a lighter mood. This quilt was insired by the annual Hull Fair, the biggest in England.
CUTTING THE CORN Quilt 56x58 ins
Harvest time, tractor wheels and hovering birds on a sunny autumn day. Noise and movement in the stillness of a quilt.
VIA MATT FIELDS Quilt60x55 ins
Matt Fields is a place to stop and lean your elbows on the gate. To listen and take stock, and perhaps find a different route to the place to think you want to go - before moving on.
HURRY ON SUNDOWN Quilt, 58x58 ins
The title is from a Hawkwind song: 'Hurry on Sundown, see what tomorrow brings...'
HOPSCOTCH Quilt, 53x57 ins
Hopscotch is a kids' game where you roll a stone and hop over chalked squares in the playground. In this quilt your eye hops between the 4 squares.
PASSING HARBIN'S Quilt, 37x60 ins
Harbin's was an old textile mill in my home town.
I used to pass it every Sunday and peep through the gap in the big wooden door to see and smell the machinery.
As I grew up, the old door decayed and then disappeared, along with the mill.