Awe and Wonder (2011)

Contemplation
Contemplation

Original design printed onto cotton, pieced and quilted. 40cm x 86cm mounted on black acrylic.

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Paper Study 1
Paper Study 1

A collage of ideas, textures and images. 52cm x 72cm.

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Cloister
Cloister

Original design printed onto cotton, pieced and quilted. 87cm x 40cm mounted on black acrylic.

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Sanctuary
Sanctuary

A Photo-shopped design based on the paper studies which eventually became a quilted piece. 40cm x 86cm mounted on black acrylic

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Cloister - detail
Cloister - detail

A Photo-shopped design based on the paper studies which eventually became a quilted piece.

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Paper Study 2
Paper Study 2

A collage of ideas, textures and images. 52cm x 72cm.

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Contemplation Quilt - detail
Contemplation Quilt - detail

An original design printed onto cotton, pieced and quilted.

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Sanctuary - detail
Sanctuary - detail

A Photo-shopped design based on the paper studies which eventually became a quilted piece.

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Homage
Homage

An original design printed onto cotton, pieced and quilted. 40cm x 60cm mounted on black acrylic.

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The Awe and Wonder series was initially inspired by a trip to Norwich cathederal. I loved the sense of age in medieaval monastic buildings. I was constantly awed by the skill of stone masons which enabled them to build monumental structures that still survive today. I was particularly drawn to the structural lines and and how they had been adorned with pattern and decorative carvings. I saw how styles changed over the centuries and how these styles clashed and interacted. The dusty crevices and alcoves reflect a past way of life.

After taking lots of photographs I began the design process, drawing printing and in this particular case collaging. This collage was photographed and became the focus for the following body of work which resulted in a range of quilted pieces.