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 them up. 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 Albert Mill in Keynsham was once known as ‘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.
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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