About

I have been involved with textiles and crafts since I was a child, but only discovered quilting in the early nineties.  In the intervening time, I studied Sociology and Anthropology, moved from Argentina to England, worked, had a family, studied photography – which still influences my way of seeing - and eventually became a dollmaker and toymaker for 15 years.

Quilting became an obsession when I discovered art quilting, via an exhibition of Contemporary American Quilting at the Crafts Council in London, in 1993.  It took me a few years to make the transition from toymaker teacher and author to art quilter, but by 1999 it was complete.


My first love was working with strong colour and abstract design.  That still persists, but my work has evolved more towards ideas and concepts.  I worked on series based on music, on Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, and on the simplicity of Gee’s Bend designs - plus a few ‘onesies’. 


A few years ago I discovered the potential of maps and aerial views as sources for textile work, and since then I have been concentrating on interpreting those.  I believe maps are an ancient and important part of mankind’s need to interpret and understand the world.  I do work on other subjects as well: text and ancient scripts; line and colour; cauldrons and skillets; printing on fabric; cosmology and quantum physics. Magic and Science is the theme of my latest series.


I exhibit widely in the UK and abroad, teach workshops, and belong to a number of wonderfully supportive art quilting groups.



EDUCATION


City and Guilds Creative Toymaking Parts1, 2, and 3 (Business Studies for Crafts People), London College of Furniture.

Diploma in Photography, Harrow College of Further Education.

Postgraduate Studies in Anthropology, London School of Economics.

Degree in Sociology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


AWARDS


Art Quilt Elements at the Wayne Arts Center - The Heartstring Quilters Award, 2016.

Judge’s Choice, Festival of Quilts 2010

Polly Weiss Prize for Best Use of Colour, Society of Designer Craftsmen, 2008

Innovative Small Category, Festival of Quilts, 2004

Best Use of Colour, Quilters’ Guild, 2002 and 2003

Second Prize in Best of British, World Quilt and Textile, 2001

Second place in Popular Vote, Rise and Shine, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 2001

Silver Award, Fourth Horizon, 2000

Second Place in Autumn Tints Challenge, 1999

Award in Novice Category, National Quilt Championships,1994


COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS


Private commission - map quilt of a Devon garden - 2014

The Quilters’s Guild and Quilt Museum York – 2012 - commission of quilt to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the granting of its charter to York City.

The Quilters’ Guild, Region One – 25th Anniversary Quilt Collection, 2004

College of Pathologists, London

Numerous private collections.


CURATORIAL,  JURYING, COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP, etc


2016:  Member of SAQA International Advisory Committee, and of SAQA Membership Committee

2015:  Juror for “Interpretations: Celebrating 30 years” at Visions Art Museum

2015:  Guest Curator for SAQA online gallery “Graphic Colour”

2015:  Member of SAQA’s JAM review panel

2014:  Participant in a SAQA Webinar about the work of three European members of SAQA

2014:  Curator, SAQA Wide Horizons IV

2014:  Juror, SAQA Redirecting the Ordinary


BOOKS PUBLISHED


Mapping the Imagination - a book/catalogue about map quilts - 2014

Darling Alicia - edited by Vernee Samuel - 2009

Quilts featured in a number of books, from 2000-present

Written a number of books on Dollmaking, Teddy-Bear and other soft-toymaking (1993 to 1998)


SELECTED MAGAZINE PUBLICATIONS


Fiber Art Now, Excellence in Fibers Winter Supplement, 2016

Patchwork Professional (German magazine), 2016

Machine Quilting Unlimited - 2015

Popular Patchwork Designer Showcase - 2014

SAQA Journal 2014

Pretty Patches, 2014

Klude Magazinet, 2013

Quilting Arts, 2012

Patchwork Ideen, 2012

Handwerken Zonder Grenzen, 2011

Patchwork Professional, 2011

Arte Patchwork, 2011

Quilt Italia, 2011

Magic Patch, 2010

Quilt & Zo, 2009

Norsk Quilteblad

The Quilter (in several occasions)

Popular Patchwork (in several issues)

Patchwork and Quilting magazine

Covers of magazines, books and CDs; calendars; brochures and advertising. For quilt shows and festivals, and for Bernina Sewing Machines.


OTHER EXPERIENCE


Teacher and Lecturer, UK and Europe, 1985 to present.


MEMBERSHIP OF ORGANIZATIONS


SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)

Contemporary Quilt

Contemporary Quilters West

Through Our Hands

Viewpoints 9

Somerset Guild of Craftsmen

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Somerset Art Works

The Quilters’ Guild of Great Britain

South West Quilters

ColourFX Textile Art


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