Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members! We have interesting and inspiring members all over the country doing amazing sewing and we want you to be able to share their work.
Meet Guild member, Textile Artist, Pauline Burbidge.
What are you working on now?
I have just finished a ‘Quiltscape’ or wall hanging that is called Fern Strata, I have collaged together many layers of Cyanotype prints of ferns and elder leaves. I have made a network of lots of hand stitching for this one. I attach a photo of it in progress. It is made of layers of cotton and silks. I am pleased with it, it feels like a strong addition to my ‘Quiltscapes’.
I am also working on 3 ‘Quiltline’ pieces – these are functional and usable, they can be used on a bed or hung on the wall. I draw directly onto the fabric, after making it fast and washing the cloth, I quilt by machine using my long-arm Handi Quilter.
What is your favourite quilt that you’ve ever made?
It is nearly always the one I am currently engaged in! However, I really like the one called Lindisfarne Revisited, it now belongs to the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead. And also, the piece called Applecross, it has special memories for me, of visiting the wonderful landscape situated on the north west coast of Scotland.
Who are your quilting heroes?
I tend not to have heroes – but rather people whose work I totally respect. Top of my list, connected to quiltmaking, is Dorothy Caldwell, I just love her approach to textiles and stitch.
Can you recommend a good quilting read?
I prefer to broaden my interest, and go for books more broadly connected with textiles. I can recommend Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, published by Thames & Hudson. It is a rich mixture of image and text, and very inspirational.
When did you join The Guild and why?
I helped set up the Guild! A group of us organised a meeting at the British Craft Centre, in Covent Garden. Some of the others attending were Joen Zinni/Lask, Jenny Hutchison, Michele Walker, Deirdre Amsden. We thought it was time to set up a more formal group connected with quilting!
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We are asking Members to tell us a bit about their sewing life using five simple questions. At the end of the interview each member suggests another to interview. This way we hope to bring you a wide range of makers from all corners of The Guild over the next weeks and months. If you know an inspiring quilter who we should feature, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send out a copy of our questionnaire.