Our August Meeting
Kate Findlay at the Guildford Quilters’ Group meeting in July 2019
Kate Findlay, a textile artist and tutor, treated Guildford Quilters to a very interesting talk about her work and background. She came fully armed with an excellent presentation and actual examples of her work. Kate describes herself as an experimental quilter. She has had a very interesting and varied career. After her degree in art specialising in textiles, she worked as a surface pattern designer in the carpet industry. She then re-trained as a teacher, teaching Art, Design and Technology to all age groups at various times, from pre-school children, primary and secondary schools through to adult education and Quilters’ Guild groups. She has been chairman of the Henley Art and Crafts’ Guild, setting up and running the Henley Arts Trail.
Initially inspired by a newspaper article on the Hadron Collider in CERN, Kate’s technical background shines through her famous Hadron Collider body of work. Her work incorporates a mix of media as well as textiles. Wire, fibre optics, LEDs, Glow in the Dark threads and laminated plastics are a few of the materials with which Kate has experimented. Kate generally concentrates on a series of works and showed us some of her sets of subjects. She explained how she built up her layers and described how quilting the final composition changed the look of the whole quilt resulting in a double layered composition.
Using her artistic painting skills Kate’s series covers topics such as scenes of Henley, landscapes, woodlands, birds and other wildlife. Kate’s quilts of Highland cattle and a Jacob sheep were superb. She dyes most of her own fabrics and is revisiting classic quilt construction techniques such as applique and free motion quilting to ‘draw’ with her machine needle. Her designs can now be found for sale on cushion covers, mugs, tea-towels, greeting cards and limited print editions, as well as a book co-authored with Linda Seward on her bird series. Photo manipulation on computer devices and digital printing onto fabric are opening up new areas to be explored.
This very interesting talk was followed up the next day, with a great workshop on appliqued confetti woodland scenes. This is where Kate’s excellent teaching skills together with her artistic and technical skills, which she so generously shared with us, gave us another great inspiring day. Thank you Kate Findlay.
May 2019 Guildford Quilters Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church ……………. Being on such a busy high street, for eleven days we had lots of visitors, young and old. The Quilts looked quite resplendent and ‘at home’ in the Church, with the natural light from all directions shining throughout each day.
We had an excellent response to our Raffle of two quilts, plus other prizes donated from various local shops, etc. Then there was our Boutique Table which was overflowing with hand- made items to buy. The end result was that we have been able to donate money to: Myeloma UK, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, Harrison’s Fund and Holy Trinity Church.
Here are some of the many highlights of the exhibition:
Welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford who came to open the Exhibition * visitors from across the world – Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Isle of Wight, Cumbria, Worthing * more visitors at the Saturday morning coffee morning which Holy Trinity Church host each week welcoming all members of the community * the person who gave us a very generous donation * the elderly lady who ventured across the road being a resident at The Abbots Hospital (Almshouses) to see the quilts one afternoon *
Some quotes from the Visitors Book: Wonderful works, thank you to all for the many hours spent to give us the visitor such an interesting time * this exhibition makes sense of continuing summer * first visit to Guildford and so happy to see the exhibition * Lovely quilts good to see a variety of traditional techniques in different styles * hard to find my favourite but I love the pond (reference to the design) *
From a member: I didn’t imagine how wonderful the Exhibition would be, and the venue was just perfect. The church added a certain ‘reverential gravitas’ to all the beautiful quilts and such lovely items on the boutique table – I ran up a tab as I was buying every day I was there!
From our curator : There were numerous visits by me beforehand, measuring and negotiating the amount of space that would be allocated to us. When setting up this exhibition there were three considerations. In order of priority, first and foremost, we were in a church and certain things have to be considered – artefacts and wall scriptures were not allowed to be covered, the public have to have access to them at all times. Secondly, it was an exhibition to show off our beautiful quilts. Thirdly, a commercial venture to sell off our lovely boutique items we had made to raise funds for our chosen charities.