JANE BROOKS www.contemporaryquilterswest.org A fascination for contemporary art quilts and a love of cloth have been the stimuli for developing my recent practice as a printmaker. I work with colour and mark, using linseed oil based, relief inks and oil paint sticks, plus experimenting with hand dyed fabric. I tend to ‘crossover’ and employ many of the techniques I work with as a paper based artist. Using traditional printmaking processes in a contemporary manner, I aim to continue to develop a personal and original visual language. It seems that this works well for the genre of experimental quilt making because I find that I can place, piece, and layer each element that’s been printed or dyed until I achieve a surface/image I want When I’m working with textiles, inspiration comes from many things. Walking, as well as the meditative and actual surface of the path is a strong influence plus seasonal time, text, symbols, and plants. With a background of working and exhibiting in the field of art and design, I am now lucky enough to be exploring textiles, and especially the medium of art quilts. I consider this as the next step along my creative journey. It is an exciting, fun and invigorating development. Sometimes though, it’s very challenging as well, but that’s great for innovation. I run workshops collagraph printing onto fabric and paper for groups or individuals.
Summers Pleasures Summers Pleasures is a 'path' quilt. It concerns the surface of a path, part of a regular walk I take. I have made collagraph plates, which have been inked and printed onto silk cotton or Egyptian cotton. Hand snipped lettering has been printed onto habotai silk. The text is a quotation from a poem by John Clare. This quilt is a celebration of seasonal time and walking in the landscape.
Rapture lookbook. She is fearless & sophisticated. She dares to wear bold prints with bright hues of lemon, red & blue. She loves to be raptured by the beauty in everything she sees and wears her heart on her sleeve.
The stunning custom-made fireplace and over mantel create an elegant focal point in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases. Read more on page 80.
Inside the December issue, we have the latest from the world of interior design. John Demsey, the cosmetics kingpin, opens the doors to his debonair and exhuberant New York townhouse. Thomas Messel, a renowned furniture designer, has carefully adapted his quintessential English manor to accommodate his family and provide the perfect setting for his art and antiques. A derelict barn is turned into a beautiful £2m Swiss Chalet. A Virginia Design Project provides the perfect backdrop for vintage furnishings. A review of Tim Gosling’s brand new book, ‘Classic Contemporary, the DNA of furniture design’. Brent Cooper, from Simon Horn, gives advice on choosing a feature bed and Joanna Bibby, from Ochre, talks about the lure of leather. Also included is the brand new Ana Barreto catalogue, a company who has been creating exceptional furniture and interiors for over twenty years.
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