A couple of months ago I made a new Tarpaulin Cloth.
Like the cloths I made for ‘Caught by the Tide’ earlier in the year this work considers the processes of change that can occur to cloth when exposed to the elements. I like to use the sea as a resource – it is another material available to me – so I put this cloth into the sea and then left it outside in the salty, coastal environment.
The sewn wire eyelets rusted really well in the sea and the sea air, but I wanted more crustiness – a texture and surface on the cloth that looked used and that told a story of its time outside. So I have soaked it in saltwater as well and I’m really happy with the result. It has a subtle, crispy surface that isn’t obviously ‘salty’ and a pleasing stiffness to the whole cloth.
On a whim I entered it for the Fine Art Quilt Masters at the Festival of Quilts and guess what? I’ve been short-listed! So if you would like to see this Tarpaulin Double Cloth it will be on display at the New Designers exhibition, along with the other short-listed works, which is running at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 25-28 June or of course you can see it at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 7-10 August.