July Open Studios
An academic, quilt maker and aspiring mixed-media textile artist. I’ve been making quilts as The Makar’s Guild for about 10 years and am author of an occasional blog under that name. I learned to quilt with quilter, author and blogger, Thomas Knauer in Cambridge, UK, and developed a mixed-media textile practice as a student of Gill Collington, before undertaking the SEFWI Patchwork & Quilting Creative Stitch Course. I’m a founding member of the Tactics and Praxis group, which examines the place of craft and other reparative and materially productive practices in academic life. Learn about us here https://www.tacticsandpraxis.org/about/ and read our manifesto here https://maifeminism.com/tactics-and-praxis-a-manifesto/.
My work is informed by a profound sense of place, the environment and the mythic; by the luminosity and insubstantiality of light and water; and processes of natural decay. It uses natural and up- or recycled materials, often hand-dyed. Recent work includes wall hangings and vessels using layering and folding, felting, faux chenille, and raised quilting techniques. I’ve exhibited with the Eastern Region Textile Forum.