Australia in fabric

ImageThis is my Aussie piece of textile art…work in progress! I’m using my seven travel journals I wrote during our trip around Australia to help create a ‘fabric text’ of the places, memories and moments that were most meaningful. So far, I have started at the ‘red centre’ or Uluru/ Ayers Rock and The Olgas. I’ve made this by stitching together a number of my Clarin’s powder compact pouches (shows how much make-up I’ve got through over the past few years?!)…and have joined these to the backing fabric with a variety of red, stone, and desert coloured buttons. I’m going to use some thick white paint to create Aboriginal-style dot paintings around the base of the ‘rock’, like those found at Uluru…


PhD Quilt

ImageThis is my PhD Quilt. I made this using scraps of material and found objects, during a period of transition between submitting my completed thesis and my viva voce examination. The act of sourcing objects, cutting and sewing material and representing my PhD in physical symbols acted as a sort of ‘coping mechanism’ during a somewhat transitory period of time. The decision to make a quilt that told a story of my PhD emerged from my anxieties around wanting to stay connected to the conceptual content of my thesis, post submission, whilst simultaneously ‘recovering’ from writing and my desire to engage in a creative activity that was simply enjoyable and removed from text-centric material. I was inspired to make this by Dr Ann Rippin (Bristol University) – she is a fabulous ‘Academic Quilter’ …and also inspired me to share my creative work and research on WordPress: thanks Ann!

I’m presenting a paper on my PhD Qulit, called ‘Creative practices during periods of transition…or ‘stitching myself back together and sewing together my thesis’ at the SCOS 2012 Barcelona conference in July…and am looking forward to seeing some of my fellow ‘Scossers’ there!