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CAUSEWAY III is one of four major new studio quilts by Pauline Burbidge that the poet Alice Mitchell has dubbed "Quiltscapes."

Before Mists Lift
for Pauline Burbidge

Morning gauze ruffled and ruched
sewn to the fabric of sturdy earth,
a run of white stitches like rain
then the dark, waxed thread
and dyed cloth, a drenching does.

At the margin hedgerow and verge
pleats and folds into ditch and dip,
arch and swoop of grass and vetch
makes crisp criss-cross order -
pieces together a raised-work border.

A steel needle flies in and out
unseen, seams and hems landscape
so quiltscape is landscape sewn.

—Alice Mitchell

Pauline explains that this Quiltscape was inspired by the tidal Holy Island, Lindisfarne, "to me a place where sky touches the earth. Holy Island is formed each day, when the causeway is submerged into the sea. A magical place; tides drift in, rearrange and reshuffle and form new beginnings; breathes new life into old. A sense of now is in the air; restoring balance, equilibrium and peacefulness. For me it portrays a sense of the importance of oneself together with the insignificance of oneself; the hugeness of the world combined with the minuteness of a grain of sand. A place that is full of layers of time, past and present, and looking forward into the future; the place has a glorious spiritual atmosphere. I tried to capture some of that feeling in these two works

Lindisfarne is the site of the ruins of a twelfth century priory and a dramatically situated sixteenth century castle. The legendary Lindisfarne Gospels, one of most highly decorated and best preserved of all illuminated insular (Celtic Christian) manuscripts, was created at an earlier monastery on the island c. 7oo CE and is now preserved in the British Library in London.


£9000 GBP=approximately $14,000 USD depending on current exchange rate

Note: Causeway III is committed to an exhibition of recent work by Pauline Burbudge that is scheduled to be shown at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England from November 2015 to April 2016, and at the Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales from April–July 2016. The quilt may be reserved with a non-refundable deposit of $5000 and will be available for delivery in July 2016, after the close of the exhibition and payment of the balance.

For more information or to reseve this quilt, contact Robert Shaw.

More quilts by Pauline Burbidge

High res photos are available on request. Causeway III by Pauline Burbidge

Detail of Causeway III by Pauline Burbidge

Detail of Causeway III by Pauline Burbidge

Detail of Causeway III by Pauline Burbidge

All quilt photos are by Luke Watson.

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade