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Pauline Burbidge says of her latest Quiltscapes

I consider these quilts to be Textile Landscapes; they are what I call my Quiltscapes, fabric collages especially made for the wall. The imagery has developed from observing and absorbing the rural landscape immediately surrounding my home in the Scottish Borders. The land is used for arable farming, and in the distance we can see hill ranges. Rows of plant growth are a common sight, as are ploughed stripes in the fields, big open skies and misty horizons; the changing seasons of the trees, plants and grasses, all have an influence on my work. I am inspired by the natural world, layers of mist, layers of time, cloth, printing and drawing.

The materials that I have chosen to work with are (as always) natural fibres, fabrics made from fine cottons and silks. Silk organza and cotton organdie have a transparent quality that reminds me of the layers of mist in the landscape; I collage and stitch these layers in place to make up my images. Somehow the layered studies seem to portray a feeling of the plant life coming and going; changing as it does in nature.

I have chosen to explore some techniques that are new to me. I find them very exciting and stimulating, and feel that the processes link well with the heart of my studio practice.

For example, I have used Cyanotype printing (blueprints), for the first time. This is an old photographic method, originally discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, and used by the botanist Anna Atkins, to illustrate her work of British algae in 1843. I love the fact that you use the suns rays to expose the print, and it makes the most wonderful blueprint, similar to the colour of indigo.

I have also been developing and using more Mono printing in these works. I love to try and keep these images simple, often using black and white only. I draw into the paint applied to a sheet of glass or plastic – then take a print from this, directly onto the fabric.

The cyanotype images at the top of this quilt are of wild teasel, a fascinating bienniel plant that was originaly cultivated for its spikey, bristly flower heads, which were dried and used to comb, align, and raise the nap of wool fabrics. Although it self-seeds extensively and is considered a pest in many areas, teasel is still admired by gardeners who prize its architectural qualities, both while its flower heads are covered with purple blooms and when dried and used in arrangements.

Teasel in bloom
Wild teasel


Note: This quilt is committed to exhibitions in the UK and US through March 2017. It can be reserved with a non-refundable deposit of 1/2 the price listed above, with the balance due before delivery in April 2017.

Contact Robert Shaw for more information or to purchase.

High resolution photographs are available on request.

More quilts by Pauline Burbidge

Starscape by Paulien Burbidge


Detail of Starscape by Pauine Burbidge

Detail of Starscape by Pauine Burbidge

Detail of Starscape by Pauine Burbidge

Detail of Starscape by Pauine Burbidge

Pauline Burbidge making Starscape, March 2015

Photos by Phil Dickson, PSD Photography 2015

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