Joe Cunningham – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Collection. Today it features beautiful quilts by Joe Cunningham.

Join Joe as he shares his work inspired by his love of traditional quilts.

Joe Cunningham: https://www.joecunninghamquilts.com/ 

Quilt by Joe Cunningham.
Quilt by Joe Cunningham.

Joe has been a professional quilter for 44 years and has written a dozen books, many magazine articles, museum catalogue essays and papers on the subject of quilts. He has lectured at museums, universities and for quilt guilds and conferences internationally. 

“After many years spent studying, copying and imitating 19th century quilts and quilt styles, I made the decision to create my own style. While these quilts seem to be foreign to the common ideas of the tradition, it was my studies of the tradition that showed me how to create freely and in my own abstract language”. His quilts can be found in major museums in the US and in many private collections.

Quilt by Joe Cunningham.
Quilt by Joe Cunningham.

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2023

Clare Pumfrey-Green – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Collection. Today it features the beautiful beautiful stitched art of Clare Pumfrey-Green.

Join Clare as she shares her work inspired by the Sussex coastline in England.

Clare Pumfrey-Green:  https://www.instagram.com/acertextiles/ 

Embroidered artwork by Clare Pumfrey-Green
Embroidered artwork by Clare Pumfrey-Green

She uses cloth, organza and thread to document the ever changing landscape and the affects of coastal erosion.

Artwork inspired by the Sussex coastline
Artwork inspired by the Sussex coastline

Filmed at the Festival of Quilts 2022.

Maggie Scott – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Collection. Today it features the colourful nuno felting by textile artist Maggie Scott.

Join Maggie Scott as she shares her beautiful work in the ‘Five Times More’ exhibition.

Maggie Scott:   https://maggiescottonline.com/

Artwork by Maggie Scott
Artwork by Maggie Scott
Artwork by Maggie Scott
Artwork by Maggie Scott

Five Times More exhibition

‘Five Times More’ depicts the intimate relationship between mother and child, reflecting on both personal and collective experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. 

Maggie Scott’s technical practice is unparalleled in the landscape of contemporary British art, sitting at the boundary of tapestry and digital media, she employs a combination of photography, digital collage and silk and then injects colour by laboriously pushing vibrant merino wool fibres through silk in a process known as Nuno felting.  

The intensely physical process of felting is followed by the careful process of using stitch to emphasise the smaller details of an image, evoking both the physicality of childbirth and the careful attention and tenderness of what follows. In working with fibre Scott pushes a medium traditionally associated with craft into the realm of fine art. As a textile artist, Scott employs distinctly feminine materials, but with soft images, she speaks hard truths.  

Birth is the most innate experience of human existence yet for centuries, childbirth has also been the most dangerous undertaking of a woman’s life. Rates of maternal mortality have dropped dramatically in Britain since the mid-18th century.   

Nuno felted art
Nuno felted art

However, the effects of modern medicine have not been felt equally. In 2019 MBRACE UK published data within its Perinatal Mortality report, which revealed that people of colour remain at a much higher risk during pregnancy and childbirth within the British healthcare system. Most disturbingly the report revealed that in the United Kingdom a Black woman is five times more likely to die during childbirth than her white counterpart. 

Five Times More  humanises the statistics published by MBRACE UK. 

Filmed at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2022