I am a textile artist; quiltmaker; designer/maker, and I am passionate about working with cloth, stitch and visually interpreting the spiritual quality of the landscape around me, here in The Scottish Borders, where I live. I make fabric collages that I now call ‘Quiltscapes’ (with thanks to the poet Alice Mitchell, who invented this word in connection to my work).
Causeway III is made from many layers of fabric and stitch, using fine silks and cottons and occasionally fabric paint. This collaged image was inspired from spending time observing the landscape on the causeway at Holy Island, on the Northumberland coast. The layers of fabric and stitch link with the feeling of layers of time held in this landscape.
The ‘Applecross Quilt’ was inspired from the wild landscape surrounding Applecross which is on the North West coast of Scotland. It was made specially to go into an exhibition called ‘On the Map’ held in the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. Studio time was supported was supported by Sheffield Galleries & Museum Trust and Arts Council England, Yorkshire. Fine silks and cottons collaged, stitched, pleated & painted all went into the make up of this work.
I also make textile pieces which I call ‘Quiltline’ – these are more like my drawings, I draw with my stitching line (both machine and hand) and often keep the colour content very minimal. These works often become usable and functional items, such as bed quilts or couch throws, or alternatively made into ‘Stitch Drawings’.
Currently my work is on show at The Bowes Museum, Co Durham, in my exhibition called Quiltscapes & Quiltline, until the 10th April, 2016. This exhibition then moves onto The Ruthin Craft Centre, in North Wales, from 23rd April until 10th July 2016.
I show my work annually at our Open Studio exhibition, in The Scottish Borders in early August. This year marks our 22nd exhibition! For further information please see my website www.paulineburbidge-quilts.com
Photo Credit: Keith Tidball / Luke Watson