Torn Bars

2016 / bog oak dye on cotton calico

160cm x 190cm

Broken Bars

2016 / oak dye on cotton calico

160cm x 190cm

Offset Lattice

2016 / oak and iron dye on cotton calico

160cm x 190cm

Hand Stitched Bags

2016 / oak and iron dye on cotton calico

Each quilt starts with an observation, either in a found object or overlooked architectural detail. Through a series of abstractions and references to traditions of quilt construction a motif will begin to appear that is then worked and rendered in fabric through processes of patchwork construction and hand stitching. Through their restrained, natural colour palette and use of negative space, bold shapes and warped forms are made to float in stillness as if captured mid-movement. Each quilt references the moment of failure or error in the pursuit of perfection. The gentle wave in ‘Broken Bars’ and the misalignment in the crossed lines of ‘Offset Lattice’ are points of departure from the perfection that is the assumed goal of the craftsman. We are interested in how working by hand in today’s age of precise manufacturing, can open up a dialogue about the nature of natural materials and process. The decision to accept failure or error in our practice is encouraged as a means of discovery of the new and a way to engage and challenge the traditions of making.

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