28 February 2012
My piece was contructed from recycled papers and a found silk scarf. Constructed with hand and machine stitch. I was intrigued by the mythology that has grown up around the mysterious relationship and secret messages that fly between Alice and Bob (A sends a message to B), and wanted to develop an ethereal piece. The typewritten texts that are visible through the layers include translations into Binary code, Enigma code and Morse code.
This is my piece made from recycled crisp packets selected for a new exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Art Gallery, opening on 4th May. Sixty 20cm squares were selected by Contemporary Quilt to be joined together into a larger piece to represent the UK entry for Celebrating Diversity, organised by the European Quilt Association.
Crisps – a celebration ...A French exchange girl came to stay with me when I was 11. The girl was very, very homesick and simply didn’t stop crying. My elder brother’s bi-lingual girlfriend had to be summoned over to speak to her in French (my skills hadn’t got much past “Bonjour, je m’appelle …”). I decided I would give her my favourite Pickled Onion Monster Munch – how could that fail to cheer her up I thought? But I only made things worse and the Monster Munch made her cry even more (even the Roast Beef flavour was no better if she couldn’t take the extreme of the Pickled Onion). Her horror was equivalent to the horror I felt when faced, six months later, with a tray of bubbling snails emerging from a French oven (but at least I didn’t cry).
I think this was the point where I began to understand that there were some things that are typically ‘British’. Crisps abroad are very disappointing and bland. You get salted, or occasionally some paprika (though admittedly they are catching up a little more these days). But over here – what a celebration of Britishness and diversity all rolled in to one. What other culture would have Cajun Squirrel, Builder’s Breakfast or Onion Bhaji flavour limited editions?
The technique used is essentially a crazy patchwork.
There's still time to catch the last three weeks or so of Sabi Westoby's exhibition Filamental, until 24 March at The Courthouse, Thirsk.
Before the exhibition began, I designed Sabi's new website. Recently we've received some lovely feedback on the site:
"I love what you did for Sabi. The website is so clean and fresh and a delight to navigate."
"What a wonderful website, Sabi. Excellent presentation, easy to find one's way around and what brilliant work! I will want to look at it again and again."
Thanks - its so good to hear that the website has been well received. And as a direct result of Sabi's site, I'm going to start designing a new website for author and quilt artist, Linda Seward. Watch this space.