HELEN GRIST www.contemporaryquilterswest.org Like many of my generation, I was taught to sew from an early age. My first foray into patchworking was in 1970 and I have been addicted ever since. Although I also knit, embroider and tat, patchwork and quilting remain my first love. Totally addicted to hoarding even the smallest of scraps, I have come to realise that the time to use them is now, before they swamp my studio. So, I am exploring the Oulipian methods of imposing multiple restrictions on your work as the means of triggering ideas and inspiration to use up these scraps Recently I have been exploring dyeing my own fabrics and have developed a special interest in the dye stuffs that, up until the 1960's, were processed in the Albert Mill, Keynsham, colloquially known as the Logwood Mill. I like to dye both new cloth, vintage table linen and threads in these natural dyes and use them in my work. Visiting the mill has led to an interest in eco-printing on silk using flowers, berries, vegetables and leaves harvested in the vicinity of the mill and incorporating the results in my quilts.
Logwood Mill I Having recently discovered that the Albert Mill, Keynsham was once known as the Logwood Mill, I have been researching and exploring the dyes that were once processed there. This wall hanging is based on the waterwheel, cogs and gears that drove the grinding process and is made from fabrics I dyed myself using Fustic, Brazilwood and Logwood.