FRAN GRIFFITHS www.contemporaryquilterswest.org I have been involved with stitch for a very long time - an early memory being making clothes for my cherished Barbie doll. My first foray into quilting was in the 1980's, my second in the mid 1990's, and finally a more consistent foray in the mid 2000's. Since then I have taken lots of workshops and learned lots of techniques. I like the tactility of quilting and the creation of texture and marks that can be achieved through stitch. I travel a lot and take numerous photos. These form the basic inspiration for my quilts. I like to dye and print my own fabric where possible. My current inspiration is a rainy day in Geneva looking through the car windscreen.
Rainy Day II The inspiration for this work started with photos taken during a very rainy day in Geneva and looking through the windscreen at the distorted shapes, colours and patterns. Subsequent inspiration came from a printing technique by Amelia Leigh. The combination of these two elements, and further exploration, has led to a series of increasingly abstract mono prints, some monochromatic, others with colour. All are printed using thick and thin dyes onto white cotton fabric. Stitch has been added to both echo some of the shapes and emphasise texture.
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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