JUDY STEPHENS www.contemporaryquilterswest.org I work with fabric, stitch and mixed media collage, trying to capture the energy of a feeling or an idea. It may be concern at plastics polluting the ocean or pleasure in a particular collision of colours and marks. Bold, graphic imagery often including heads and text appeals to me. This harks back to my working life as a newspaper journalist and the daily barrage of headlines, stories and photographs. It also links with a centuries-old tradition of abstract quilt design often in red, black and white. My output has evolved over the years from craft to something angrier. I made a series of fabric collages about the destruction of a large council housing estate with desirable sea views, taking hundreds of photographs of the derelict drug-graffitied site. A quilt about bees, catchily titled ‘Ban Neo-nicotinoids’ joined the fight against the use of pesticides which kill bees. Another series of quilts features the scrawled words ‘There is no safety net’ which have, sadly, gathered more resonance as time goes by. ‘Scrawling’ is not something that can be done easily in fabric. I put many hours into making something look as though it was scribbled in a moment. In search of some instant gratification my repertoire of marks now includes paint. I am keen to take textiles into the wider art world. My work has been hung in the annual Open Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Bath Society of Artists Annual Open at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and was shortlisted in 2017 for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. It will be included in an exhibition at the Penwith Gallery, St Ives, in 2018
Yellow Wing This image made me think of women swathed in Arab clothing waiting at the edge of the sea, possibly to be swallowed up by it. So many images on the news of refugee boats trying to cross dangerous water.
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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Journey to an idealistic society, a city of incredible colors captured only in dreams, a place that is filled with vibrancy and ignites our deepest longings and hopes. Your imagination will be inspired as you travel through the enchanting trees and coves. The colors will pop off the fabric as it takes you to this magical land.
A colorful celebration of the 59 US National Parks, this collection of 177 original art quilts depicts the widely varying landscapes, flora,and fauna of the parks. Basic facts about each of these national treasures from Acadia in Maine, to Voyageurs in Minnesota, to Yosemite in California, to Haleakal in Hawaii are included, along with short writings from 64 park rangers and other personnel. The book reveals individual glimpses into the passionate commitment to preserve, protect, and enjoy these special places.
Inside the October issue we have the latest from the world of interior design. We look around actor, Malcom McDowell’s American barn, located outside Los Angeles. We explore the princely kingdom that is Badminton house. Marie-Veronique Swannell’s exquisite handles are this month’s design trend. In addition, ‘The Gardens of Arne Maynard’ by Arne Maynard, and ‘A Home in Paris’ by Guillaume de Laubier, are our top books for October.