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MOLAS IN MIND

 

Molas are blouses, made famous by the Kuna Indians of Panama, decorated in a distinctive reverse applique. Their patterns range from the minimal to mind-blowingly complex.  I have studied and experimented with their process, their layers and lines, and used them with others in developing my own art textiles. (1 hour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A VISUAL INHERITANCE

 

Research into English Samplers led me to create a series of twelve sampler quilts, as my way of responding to the BBC programme title question “Who do you think you are?”  Each different family story is expressed in a contemporary form but reflecting a particular historic piece, re-telling the story of samplers at the same time.  (1 hour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREATING A SERIES

 

Completing individual pieces of work, begun in a class or as an experiment, is uncomplicated.  Developing a related series of pieces, or a larger body of work, is a more daunting prospect.  To create my first series, I wrote myself some “stress-free” guidelines, since when I have had many adventures with and beyond them.  (1 hour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGE AND COUNTERCHANGE

 

My colour recycling method links to the Kuna Indian practice of re-using every piece of cut applique fabric. This talk includes the opportunity for all listeners to practice using it to create a paper design of their own, which can be used for backgrounds or main features.  The results can easily be reproduced in fabric later, by embroiderers or patchworkers, and further embellished.  (Interactive talk 1-2 hours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEWING WITH SEQUINS

 

A chance to look in detail at sequins themselves, then how they can be attached to fabric and finally in what multiplicity of arrangements, using five panels with fifty different options I have stitched as a starting point.   After each section of the talk there is time for everyone to try out a method or two of their own choice.  (Interactive talk 1-2 hours)

 

 

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