Archana’s making process involves collecting old memory artefacts such as photographs and maps then deconstructing them to re-use as threads. Archana’s is born of British and Indian heritage, and she specialises in stitch and fine art textiles.
Having been raised in India and now living in London, the uprooting and the subsequent re-rooting have been transformative, and the origin of the exhibited work lies in this. This exhibition reveals the evolution of her work, which follows the threads of transient boundaries and belongingness.
Re-imagined landscapes are inspired by the cycle of a day and are a harmonious representation of co-existence, multiplicity, and connectedness.
For over 30 years, collector and author Roderick Kiracofe has played a significant role in shaping the American quilt landscape. His second book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, now in its second edition, celebrates dozens of utterly unique — and gloriously unexpected — quilts from his famed collection.
Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the RadarBook is available to purchase via this Amazon link.
The old things I found in our basement, the garage, or my grandmother’s home around the corner in a small town in Indiana, delighted me. When I was in high school I started going to auctions in the neighborhood and on farms surrounding my hometown. These objects represented the vestiges of an earlier time. They intrigued me, and I was hooked.
My curiosity about the “unexpected” quilts of the last half of the 20th century led me to eBay and other sources for seeking them out. The quilts that I am most passionate about are pieced, often crudely quilted or tied, and full of printed fabrics. Most importantly, they are the quirky, funky, and soulful expressions from a quilt maker who broke the rules.
There’s something about working with cloth, it’s thread count and how the cloth is woven that fascinates me. This was the starting point for my latest project Darning Sampler.
The piece started with a vintage child’s garment that’s been in my collection for a number of years and an idea that’s been swirling around my head for even longer.
Next followed extensive research into vintage and antique darning samplers. Given the very fine cloth and the weave of the cotton, only a select number of stitches were chosen. Some patterns were also adapted for this project.
I experimented and sampled with different weights of thread and settled on a very fine thread called Madeira Cotona.
The piece took nearly two months to create. Hand darned. Size 28 x 28cm.
Completed with a tiny vintage Mother of Pearl button on the neck of the garment.