28 November - 10 April 2016
Quiltscapes & Quiltline features a collection of new work by this acclaimed textile artist, inspired by the beauty of the rural landscape around her home in the Scottish Borders, where she lives and works.
Burbidge, who has been making quilts professionally for 40 years after studying fashion and textiles at St Martins Art College in London, has divided the work for this latest show, a selling exhibition, into two types: stunning textile landscapes, showing wall quilts (Quiltscapes) alongside original, functional and usable quilts (Quiltline).
“Quiltscapes are like my paintings or collages, made exclusively as wall hangings, whereas the works I call Quiltline are functional, practical, and able to go in the washing machine!” she explained.
She has made seven new quilts especially for the show – creating textile landscapes motivated by rows of plants growing, the land-form, the infinity of the sky above her and the detail of the grass beneath her feet.
In creating these new pieces, Burbidge has chosen to explore several techniques new to her, such as *Cyanotype printing, Mono printing, making rubbings on cloth and drawing with crayon and stitch.
"The Cyanotype process uses the sun’s rays to expose light to the fabric, and in doing so creates a wonderful blue colour print,” she explained. “I’ve deliberately put these prints towards the top of my landscapes, as they remind me of blue sky.”
Mono printing is another process that Burbidge has used on recent work, as it is very instant, lending itself wonderfully to fabric collage. She quite often Mono prints smaller areas of cloth then collages them together to create the whole image.
“For this process I use a piece of glass or thick plastic, cover the surface with fabric paint & textile medium, then draw into the surface by scraping the paint away before taking a print of the drawing,” she added. “It’s a one-off image, and I have to work rapidly, before the paint dries. I like this!”
Making rubbings of plant forms and drawing directly onto fabric have also been two processes she has recently explored in her new work, which means selecting the appropriate fabric for the job. Keen to use natural fibres, she often chooses fine cottons or silks.
In the new Quiltline pieces – practical and functional quilts – Burbidge has explored drawing with large fabric crayons, directly onto the fabric. She also draws with her machine stitching line, using what she describes as a ‘very sophisticated large quilting machine’, choosing to draw free-hand with it rather than feed in a repeated pattern. “It stitches free-form wonderfully,” she enthused.
Quiltscapes & Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge will go on tour to The Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales, where it runs from 23 April until 12 July 2016. After this, she is having a one-person exhibition in the USA, at the renowned International Quilt Study Centre Museum (IQSCM), in Nebraska, from 14 October 2016 until 25 March 2017
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