I am in my studio, compelled to make. So many choices, my collection of diverse wools, silks and other materials. Many sketchbooks suggest further exploration.
I have recently settled in the South West of Australia, after 15 years of visiting most states. The dramatic coastlines, the joyful birdsong and the lush beauty underfoot and in the forests are a balm to my creative soul: investigating, researching, experimenting.
Recent work is often about creating surface design through wool lamination, a wet felting process which manipulates fine silks. This demands that I engage intimately with the qualities in these natural fibres. Working directly with my hands is liberating, exciting, risky and yet calming, serendipitous. This created cloth gives a textural contrast used with other fabrics offering further interest as the work evolves with stitch.
I have been working with textiles over five decades in the UK, teaching and exhibiting along the way, in the UK and internationally. Contemporary Quilt making has been a major focus, and more recently, the exploration of felt making processes.
Outback Meeting Place
Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 80 x 45cm(H x W)
Statement: A meeting of minds, cultures and cloth.
Exhibitions: Tour of Contemporary Quilt, UK ( group of the Quilters Guild of British Isles)
© Barbara Weeks