Monday, 1 February 2016

Beer retreat landscapes update

Here is a photo showing the end of the week's progress and a second photo showing one completely finished! k3n x

Friday, 22 January 2016

South West Quilters Retreat - Landscapes at the Seaside

I spent a fabulous few days in beautiful Beer on the Devon coast teaching Fabric Collage Landscapes to a group of 16 intrepid ladies from South West Quilters. From the minute I arrived at the hotel on Sunday evening, I was made to feel welcome and part of the group. After dinner (mine was a fabulous crab and prawn salad served on a platter the size of a dustbin lid!), I gave an informal talk, showing some of my Evolution quilts and a few of my current abstracts. Then I showed some of my landscape quilts and talked briefly about the techniques I would be teaching. Over the following few days, all the ladies dived in with gusto, even those who were new to patchwork and quilting and those who had always done more traditional work. They all soon got over any fear of collage and raw edges and tiny ¾” wide strips and were busy turning their source photographs into beautiful landscapes. I was particularly impressed with the range of styles that emerged, from the deceptively simple but very atmospheric and elegant quilts to the pieces with a wealth of surface detail and texture. I would strongly recommend to both potential tutors and participants reading this, if you get the chance to go, take it. It is a great venue and a really friendly and well-organised retreat. Thanks to Jean and Jenny and all the ladies for having me and I am really sorry my team cleared up on quiz night! k3n x

What a beautiful group of ladies - even without airbrushing!

The beautiful quilts after just two and a half days - I am hoping to be sent a photo of progress at the end of the week.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Mapping Evolution at the West Country Quilt Show

My joint exhibition Mapping Evolution with Alicia Merrett will be at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show next week from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th November at UWE in Bristol. Follow the link for more details. Hope to see you there. k3n x

Monday, 26 October 2015

View from a Northumbrian Shepherd's Hut

Hi all, I finished this a little while ago but only just got round to buying a canvas to mount it on. It measures 12" wide by 32" high and is inspired by a photo I took from the doorway of the shepherd's hut at the Wild Northumbrian campsite where we stayed on holiday in August. The setting was idyllic and this view greeted us every morning.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Cosmic Jigsaw Quilts at Midsomer Quilting

I had a fantastic workshop today at Midsomer Quilting teaching part two of my new Cosmic Jigsaw Quilts workshop which is based on my Evolution series currently being exhibited at the Arts Centre in Ilminster (until 31st October). In part one a month ago, students created their design from an inspiration photo then drafted templates and foundation blocks and began work with all sorts of fabric collage and stitching techniques. Some suggested by me and some their own ideas. They continued to work on their pieces at home and today finished embellishments and joined their pieces together and mounted them on artists canvases. Here are some photos of their work, the colours haven't come out very vividly but I hope you will agree that their work is fabulous. Many of them were fairly new to art quilting and agreed that this technique gave them a structure which formed a good basis to get creative. I will be teaching the two part workshop again at Midsomer Quilting in January and February and at Barrington Patchwork in February and March. Alternatively, if you are a member of a quilt group, you can book me to come along to your own venue to teach this. Please contact me for further details.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Stitch a Rainbow

I taught this workshop at Pauline's Patchwork in Dorchester last week and had a message from one of the participants, Sue Wild that she had blogged about her quilt which you can see here
It's so great to get feedback from students and to see the finished piece - thanks Sue, I especially love the 'bling'! xx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Mapping Evolution Exhibition with Alicia Merrett

Mapping Evolution is an exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Alicia Merrett and k3n, two  award-winning Somerset artists who express and explore big ideas through fabric and stitch. Both artists have international reputations and their highly accomplished work is characterised by bold colour and inventive approaches to traditional quilting techniques. k3n’s quilts explore seven different aspects of  evolution including Cosmic, Stellar and Planetary  Evolution, as well as the Origins of the Universe.  Alicia will be showing quilts inspired by maps and aerial views, as well as quilts that reflect her longstanding interest in cosmology and quantum physics, magic and alchemy.

October 5th to 31st 2015

Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House
East Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0AN

Open: Mon - Fri  9 .30 - 4.30 - Sat 9.30 - 2.30  T: 01460 54973

For further information see the Arts Centre website