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US Exhibition

“Signature Cloths”  at the IQSC in Lincoln, Nebraska opened in September. It showcases several of my recent collaborative signature quilts alongside a selection from the Nebraska collection.  Research stems from a Fellowship at the IQSC in 2010. Investigating and documenting these early cloths will not only  inform the new collaborations but help to shed light on this […]

Published: 10th November 2014
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Nebraska

I visited Lincoln, Nebraska in Sept and with help from staff at the IQSC I worked in four local schools where large numbers of refugee families are “settled”. I was humbled by the very warm welcome I received everywhere. The stitched signatures the children created will be sewn together in new cloths to show at […]

Published: 5th November 2014
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Spring News

A range of my collaborative signature cloths are shown in a textile exhibition Construct at Ruthin Craft Centre from April – July. It links to the forthcoming show I am curating at the IQSC in Lincoln, Nebraska from Sept 2014 – May 2015.

Published: 1st June 2014
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Made for Manchester

The new bags from Ahmedabad were display at the Craft Centre in Manchester as part of the Asian Triennial in the autumn. They are made from khadi cloth, woven according to Ghandi’s principals. Khadi is a movement started by Gandhi and aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian goods, thereby improving India’s economy.

Published: 20th December 2013
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The Heart of Hepworth

The finished work will be displayed in the cafe of Touchstones Gallery from the 15th June for 2 weeks.
Working on the Hepworth project, over the last six months, a collaboration with poet Shamshad Khan and a group of women in the Falinge area of Rochdale is so interesting. As ever the catalyst is a creative collaboration, but the outcomes in terms of discussions and sharing are so varied and wonderful. Our cloth and poems are shown in the cafe of Touchstones Gallery from 15th June.

Published: 15th June 2013
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British signature cloths

On holiday over the summer I came another embroidered signature cloth in Sturminster Newton in Dorset. It was made recently when the community hall was built.

Published: 23rd March 2013
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2012

A busy year with three major conference presentations in Delhi, Liverpool and Virginia. The last was “From Bengal to Baltimore” a quilt conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
My article on the signature quilts research appeared in the May/June issue of Selvedge Magazine.

Published: 17th March 2013
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Sreepur Village

This is a signature project with Sreepur Village in Bangladesh and trustee Ruby Porter. The finished cloth is backed with a simple modern kantha also from Bangladesh and joined with lace old and new.

Published: 10th February 2013
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Who Cares 2

A collaboration with artisans in Ahmedabad, following the signature theme. Lynn asked makers to sign and stitch their names onto a cloth. The signatures are arranged to read Who Cares, however a spelling mistake means the lettering comes out as Woh cares?

Published: 6th April 2012
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Exhibitions

The 62 Group celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012 with several major exhibitions in Britain, I will be showing in the summer at the Holden Gallery in Manchester.

Published: 3rd April 2012
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