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Quiltscapes & Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge

28 November - 10 April 2016

Quiltscapes & Quiltline featured 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, divided the work for this 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 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 chose 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 were on tour to The Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales, where it ran from 23 April until 12 July 2016. After this, she had 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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Related Events

Gallery Talk
10 December, 7 January, 4 February, 3 March, 7 April, 2.15

Join Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion & Textile or Hannah Jackson, Curatorial Assistant (Fashion & Textiles) for an introduction to this exhibition.

Fabric Landscapes 
15 & 19 February, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by this exhibition to create your own fabric landscape collage during these drop in activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Quilting with Pauline Burbidge
3-5 March, 10.00 – 4.30, £235 Adults, £230 Friends of The Bowes Museum (inc lunch & refreshments) SOLD OUT
Join textile artist Pauline Burbidge at this 3 day non-residential workshop to learn a selection of design & printing techniques, including mono and cyanotype printing, and drawing with resistant fluid. There will be plenty of opportunity to experiment, incorporate your own individual style and discuss your aims for your future. Places are limited so early booking is advised here. Suitable for participants of all abilities.

Quilting Talk with Pauline Burbidge
6 March, 11.00
Join textile artist Pauline Burbidge to learn about the creative processes behind her current exhibition: Quiltscapes and Quiltline. Booking required here.

Cyanotype Printing
4 & 5 April, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by this exhibition in this fun drop in craft workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

The Bowes Museum grounds are open!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.