PAULA SIMPSON firstname.lastname@example.org I have worked as a textiles teacher for many years in secondary education. My recent move to Somerset has allowed me to further develop my creative journey – it is my ‘Unfolding Story’. The diploma in Patchwork and Quilting gave me an exciting opportunity to extend, experiment and develop my skills in textiles. My final work, inspired by the ‘Swinging Sixties’ was exhibited at the Festival of Quilts (2015) in the City and Guilds student gallery, and with my ‘Threaded Together’ group in Bristol and Henley. I enjoy the support and encouragement from like-minded people and I am a member CQ West and local textile groups. Recently I have been inspired by the ‘Slow Stitch’ movement and I enjoy creating textile pieces with a needle, natural cloth and thread. The colours and textures of natural fibres and fabrics inspire me and enable me to enjoy the creative process. Over the years I have collected fabrics which are bound with memories of my family and life, my current work is an expression of these memories. I love to share ideas, teach and help people on their creative journeys and have developed a range of courses which I hope will help to keep the traditional and contemporary skills of patchwork and quilting alive. I am available for individual and group tuition in the area of creative textiles. Please get in touch. Facebook: Paula Simpson Textiles
Harmony and Discord This piece was created as a Memory Cloth for my son and reflects the 'troublesome teenage' years. The title reflects his love of music and family life as he grew up and found his independence. The memorabilia sewn into this piece, with love, reflect his hobbies and interests and to quote the words of Kahlil Gibran; “You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts”...not always in harmony with our own! "
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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