In my studio, compelled to make. So many choices, surrounded by wools, silks and other fabrics. So seductive! Many sketchbooks suggest further attention, a closer look.I create colour and texture in surface design through the wet felting process, laminating wool to silk which 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. The cloth created changes and shrinks, suggesting further development with layering and stitch.
I have recently settled in Geographe Bay, Busselton, WA. Exploring the South West, the dramatic coastlines, deserted beaches, stunning rock formations and the joyful birdsong and the lush beauty underfoot and in the forests are a balm to my creative soul; investigating, researching, experimenting.
I have been working with textiles over five decades, teaching in the UK and internationally. Contemporary quilt making has been a major focus.
I am a member of the Ozquilt Network, Bunbury Felting Group, WAFTA, the IFA and an Honorary Life member of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.
Wander Out Yonder
Retail Price: A$1800
Dimensions: 175 x 30cm(H x W)
Statement: With our borders closed, West Australians are encouraged to ‘Wander out Yonder’. In the Wheatbelt natural cavities, gnamma holes collect water, and were in use before European settlement. Wave rocks, dramatic stripes of colour dribbling down from overhangs impress all who view. Wool, silk, bamboo, sumi-ink. Hand quilted.
Exhibitions: Festival of Quilts UK 2022 Contemporary Quilt Gallery
Photographer: Les Weeks
Retail Price: A$1100
Dimensions: 102 x 52cm(H x W)
Statement: A quirky shape resting in the hand, the rich surface of the skin iridescent with hints of gold. Intense colour, absorbing textures and fascinating details led me on a year long investigation, one element each month. Wool and silks. Twenty four sections, quilted and linked together.
Exhibitions: Busselton Art Award finalist
© Barbara Weeks