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June 2021
We have lots of news this month as our members get active again. Thank you in advance for reading and please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends and colleagues. 

Our Exhibition
Our much delayed exhibition, Unfolding Stories 4, will open at the end of June in Stroud. We would love you to join us - 
Wednesday June 29th to Monday July 12th 2021
10am to 5pm daily (closing 3pm on 12th July)
Lansdown Gallery
Stroud GL5 1BB
Chocolates and joyous digital colour, climate change and nature's abstract artistry are among the subjects which have inspired members of CQ West in their latest outpouring of new work. It will be the fourth in the group's successful series of biennial exhibitions entitled Unfolding Stories.
Members each make their own journey and tell their own story but enjoy sharing the group dynamic. Dark themes and bright celebrations will be vying for attention along with a host of techniques and materials, from hand stitch to digital print. Textile creations investigate the use of child labour in chocolate production, coming to terms with widowhood, the contortions we make in order to fit in and the glories of nature as well as the threats to it. Some members explore more formal aspects of art including drawing, colour and abstraction. New technologies are applied to design and print as well as to express personal and environmental narratives.

Here is a small selection of detail images from full works which will be on show:

Meet Our Members - Kara Chambers
A year ago I decided to embark on a new project called ‘3 Trees’ with the intention of deepening my knowledge and appreciation of three particular species of tree while also developing a more experimental approach to my creative practice.
I live surrounded by fields and parkland, historically part of a big country estate. There is an ancient Oak and a bifurcated Ash tree at the front of the cottage so it was a natural decision to choose to study these two trees, documenting their individual characteristics, seasonal changes, nutritional and medicinal uses and their role in folklore and metaphysical studies.
Silver Birch, a tree known for its ability to inhabit new ground, felt an apt third choice.

I started by making sketches of each tree. These initial studies informed detailed, stitched observations of bark and leaf.  Next, I experimented making dyes from each tree’s bark, leaves and fruits resulting in some beautiful delicate hues.  I have then printed and stitched into these natural fabrics and used them in various projects. Recently I have been experimenting with stitching into bark to make vessels and I am currently working on a series of pieces highlighting Ash Die Back disease.

There is still so much for me to learn and experience. If you are interested in my work you can find more information at
Facebook where my name is Devonhandmaid,
Alternatively, you can email me at

Meet an International Textile Friend - Patty Kennedy-Zalfred
by Claire Passmore

Patty Kennedy-Zafred is an American art quilter who has been telling stories through the medium of textiles and art quilts for nearly thirty years. As you can see, her work often focuses on people, using photographs to create thought provoking narratives which create a visual dialogue with the viewer.

In preparation for her work she spends many months researching the time period, subject matter and even genealogical research  into the people she chooses to portray.  Using traditional shibori techniques Patty dyes fabrics and screen prints photographs onto cotton fabric which she then pieces together to create art quilts rich with texture, colour and meaning.

Patty's work has been exhibited in many major national and international exhibitions, including Fiberart International, Quilt National, Visions, Fantastic Fibers, Quilts=Art=Quilts, SAQA Global Exhibitions and numerous invitational exhibitions and print publications. Her work has traveled across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, China, and Australia, and is part of the permanent collections of many museums, such as the International Quilt Museum, Lincoln as well as private collections. You can see more of her work and process on her website and other social media.


60" H x 66" W, 2017

42" H X 60.5" W, 2013

44" H x 67.5" W, 2013

Our Members' Activities
Now that the COVID restrictions in the UK are allowing us to travel and visit, our members are getting involved in exhibitions and projects.

From Judy Stephens who until recently lived in Wales -

I just had to join in this summer's project to cover Llangollen's 60m long four-arched stone river bridge with patchwork.  Both sides with giant 1 metre square blocks! The idea has been commissioned by North Wales's famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod from the equally famous and international – though Bristol-based – artist, Luke Jerram. The concept is about building bridges not walls while at the same time celebrating craftwork.

Luke Jerram's installations tour the world from China to Europe to the United States, exhibited in science museums and cathedrals, railways stations and rock festivals. His work embraces art, science and play.     

Gaia is a huge hanging internally illuminated globe of Earth as seen from space. The Museum of the Moon similarly shows the surface of the moon.  Then there are the free street pianos for passers-by to play on and the hot air balloons blasting music at dawn to affect the dreams of those sleeping below. And the acoustic wind pavilion at Cornwall's Eden Centre. And the million-times life size glass sculptures of the coronavirus – sold in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres. And the memorial to those hit by Covid-19 using hospital bedsheets as a windswept installation of flags.

The call-out comes from the Eisteddfod committee – 1m square blocks in bold colours to be sent in by June 30 for the Eisteddfod which runs from July 9 to August 5.  They will be sewn into a giant colourful bridge covering and there is no need for wadding, backing, quilting or binding. 

To participate, just post a patchwork square to: LIME Office, Royal International Pavilion, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SW.  Any questions to or call 01978 862000.For full details see the websites: and to read about Luke's work go to


Judith Barker is participating in a real live exhibition in the beautiful market town of Ledbury, 1 - 11 July, 10am - 5pm In conjunction with Ledbury Poetry Festival -

"Lost Landscapes "
Weavers' Gallery,
Ledbury, HR8 1DW

Alicia Merrett has added to her International reputation. Her Quilt National 2021 quilt, 'Six Degrees of Separation', has received a Juror's Award. Quilt National is the first and most prestigious quilt exhibition in the world  - there are lots of videos on YouTube. This is a favourite  - Quilt National 2021 Experience by Kestrel Michaud.

Alicia writes: 

Like most people, I am deeply affected by the 2020 pandemic. It has pushed us into a completely different way of living. Hugs, even handshakes are not allowed. The virus lurks unseen, we cannot tell who can be a carrier. Six feet of separation is the ‘new normal’ in public spaces. In this work I want to convey the uneasy feeling of not knowing who can present a danger. Figures are semi-hidden in the quilt; red areas could be the virus hanging in the air.

Her techniques are: Digital design by the artist, commercially printed on fabric, layered and machine quilted.


Claire Passmore recently curated a virtual gallery for SAQA's website with a French colleague, Genevieve Attinger. The works are all by European and Middle Eastern SAQA members. It is open to the public and there are some lovely pieces including CQ West members, Angela Knapp and Christine Seager. This image is work of Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe of Germany.


Angela Knapp's kingfisher piece, ‘Patience’ will be at the Mall Galleries, London 6-11th July 2021 with the Society of GraphicArt.

See more at

And Angela is having her postponed solo exhibition at Ace Arts later this year. It will include many of her wonderful birds and other pieces about the Levels - her passion.
Angela Knapp   
11 September – 23 October 2021
Links and other Resources 
The Select Trail is on in Stroud on the 19th/20th and the 26th/27 June 2021.  This is a wonderful "open studios" featuring many of the local arts in their own studios.

The Select Brochure is available in local cafes and shops and from Select Trail participants, but do get in touch with us if you are having any difficulty getting a physical copy. We also have a digital version of the brochure which can be viewed here.
About us
Our Members:
Alicia Merrett, Ana Kirby, Angela Knapp, Christine Seager, Claire Passmore,  Dot Carter, Fran Griffths, Helen Grist, Jane Brooks, Judith Barker, Judy Stephens, k3n, Kara Chambers, Lisa de Boer, Lucy Poloniecka, Maria Harryman, Stephanie Crawford, Sylvia Hammond, Wendy Weller, 

CQ West are a group of award-winning Quilt and Textile artists/makers who come from a wide area, including Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and South Wales. Many have work in both public and private collections and show and teach nationally and internationally in their own right. They formed as a group in 2013 as a means to share and push the boundaries of their personal practice. 

More information can be found on our website or on Facebook or use the links at the top of this email.
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