Art Quilt projects for Schools
Besides exhibiting and selling my work. I also work in schools on Art Quilt and Contemporary Textiles projects.
If a school commissions a Quilt, I take their chosen theme and go into school for 2 weeks, working with groups of pupils. I take them through the whole process, from designing to cutting, dyeing, piecing and stitching. Every class in the school has a turn, and on occasions, the teachers and dinner ladies too. This is suitable for all age groups from Reception to Primary and Secondary. Both girls and boys enjoy sewing and have great fun making their own section, which they can then find in the finished quilt.
When I have a large collection of pupils’ work, I return to my studio and spend two weeks on the careful process of piecing it all together. Then I return to school, where the children work together 8 at a time in communal activity around a traditional quilting frame, embellishing the work with stitch.
Quiltmaking is very labour-intensive, and the project cost reflects the materials and the time working in school and in the studio: making the quilt to a high standard and ensuring it will last for many years to come.
Schools may commission an Art Quilt for various reasons
- to celebrate achievements, an anniversary, or the character of the
- to bring together the whole school in a common task
- links with particular aspects of the curriculum
- a permanent and high-quality art work to decorate the school
Schools workshops, for pupils and teachers: Mixed Media Textiles
Besides communal quilts, I run a variety of workshops for children or teachers using plastics, card, yarns, paint, wood, paper, paint, and fabrics.
Contemporary Textiles is a very broad area, using all kinds of unusual materials and techniques. This appeals to pupils of all ages, who love making things with strange materials .
For a full list of previous school residencies, please see 'CV' page.
Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
MALPAS COURT QUILT
I was invited to Malpas Court School as Artist-in-residence for two weeks, to make a large quilt with the children which was based on a map of the area. It was to include both sides of the main road and Malpas Park school. To familiarise myself with the area, I walked around and sketched and took photographs. There were houses and blocks of flats, busy roads, old buildings and modern houses, shops, a hospital, a garage, a canal - all surrounded by the beautiful countryside. The design took a lot of thought, to fit everything in and still make it artistic and attractive. The final quilt size was 95 by 65 inches, to fit in the school corridor.
The children began by drawing from the photographs, picking out details of the buildings and area, and talking about where they lived. Every piece on the quilt was made by the children, aged from 4 to 11. Most of the school helped, each class being allocated a specific job.
I took all the pieces home and made the quilt by the traditional method, adding a few patches of colour here and there for emphasis. It took a long time to complete, but quilts are well-crafted and built to last.
Quilting has a great tradition of communal work by ordinary people in their local communities, the individual contributing to the whole. The pupils of Malpas Court, whatever their abilities, all had their input and ideas. I enjoyed working with them, and found them very creative and keen to be involved - especially as they lived within the area of the ‘map’.