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We are ready to go - we have our catalogues all printed which Maria Harryman collated and published. We would love you to join us in Bradford on Avon. It is a lovely old Barn very close to the Kennet and Avon canal. Nearby are a heritage Tithe Barn and numerous small shops selling art and craft. There are wonderful walks in the area and Bradford is a good place to shop and eat. There is plenty of parking and wheelchair access is easy.
The West Barn
Pound Lane
Bradford on Avon
BA15 1LF
1pm Saturday July 16th ​to Sunday 31st July 3pm 2022
Open daily from 10:30 to 4:30
Meet Our Members - Lucy Poloniecka, our Exhibition Co-ordinator
Lucy has been our Exhibition Co-ordinator for a couple of years. She was instrumental in our exhibitions Unfolding Stories 4 in Stroud and Untold Stories in Frome last year. This year she is working with a team to exhibit in Bradford on Avon and Ilminster. Here, Lucy shares her interest in textiles.

I grew up with patchwork – my parents had patchwork curtains, my great aunt made beautiful paper-pieced cushions. Then Laura Ashley inspired me to make some patchwork duvet covers and a visit to the American Museum in Bath had me hooked!

From the beginning, my work has often been inspired by the fabric rather than the other way round. Studying for City & Guilds was transformational in that I started to dye and print my own fabrics rather than buying them in. Now almost all the fabric I use is my own.
Being alone during most of the lockdown periods, I found it difficult to harness any creativity, much as I tried. However, a brief burst of energy in summer 2020 led to two of the pieces in the CQ West Unfolding Stories 5 exhibition and Breaking Out pictured here. It also rekindled my love of including people in my work.

Last summer, I had a “solo” exhibition with a painter friend and sold a lot of my earlier work.  Time now to restock and reimagine. I would like to make some wearable art, I would like to find a way of incorporating family into my work without it being sentimental, I would like to use natural pigments and do more eco-dyeing. So many ideas, I just need to get a move on.

Meet an International Friend - Fabienne Dorsman-Rey
Fabienne has been passionate about art and textiles since her childhood.  Mostly self-taught, she practiced Eco-dyeing intensively for several years after discovering the work of India Flint.  She is also a felter and a contemporary embroiderer. She combines her skills to produce her textile art pieces that have been exhibited in the Netherlands, France, Turkey, the USA and the UK. She also shares her passion and inspiration by teaching master classes internationally in French and in English a few times a year. Anthropologist, linguist and acupuncturist by formal education, she gets her inspiration from nature, its rhythms and wisdom, as well as her knowledge of various cultures throughout the world. 

She continuously researches different approaches, combining traditional know-how with a contemporary vision that is in line with the Slow (Cloth) movement. Born and raised in Switzerland, she has been living in the Netherlands since 1995, where she uses her own organic garden as a rich base for her research in dyeing, as well as her open air studio.

She explores the way people build resilience and heal using eco-dyed stitched cloth as an analogy. She uses time, metals and plants to transform discarded textiles. Intense intuitive hand-stitching becomes a synonym for emotional healing, piecing oneself together into a beautiful cloth of experiences and emotions, embracing vulnerability rather than concealing it. The stitched marks are reminiscent of long walks through inner emotional landscapes as through a labyrinth in search for oneself and for meaning and direction when feeling lost. By enhancing the fragility of the fabrics through embroidery, she aims to encourage others to show their vulnerability and embrace it. 
Fabienne embarked on mapping the unstoppable loss of memory happening with dementia and the painful emotions surrounding the loss of meaning for the sufferers and their surroundings.

Her “Memory Cloth I and II” witness the unstoppable dissolution of self in the fabric of life. Her intense stitching mimics the stories going in circles; the rusty parts mirror the dysfunctional brain cells leading to rigidity of thinking. Madder red dots symbolize vascular dementia. White areas mimic the disappearing of memories.

Memory Cloth on Memory Loss II (2015-2016), 80 x 80 cm, silk fabrics, Tussah and Mulberry silk threads (plant dyed)
“Resilience” is a work in progress exploring how we can rebuild a new life with love, hope, connection and meaning after a shock or a destructive traumatic experience.

Resilience (2022-), WIP (detail), 55 x 65 cm, vintage tea towels and linen, madder dyed and ecoprinted iron blanket, silk tussah embroidery threads, dyed in logwood and madder. Intuitive hand embroidery.

Find out more about Fabienne’s work at:
Book Review by Alicia Merrett

Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos by Sandra Sider

Schiffer Publishing 2021 - available in the UK in a number of online bookshops and outlets

In April 2020, after being one of the first people in the US to contract Covid-19, Sandra Sider, well-known artist and writer, launched a call for entries for a collection of quarantine quilts. Both an image of the quilt and a narrative had to be provided. The response was huge. From hundreds of entries, Sider selected 97 for this book. The fascinating artworks are arranged thematically, in chapters such as Coronavirus Circling the World, Home is Where the Art Is, Be Smart-Be Vigilant, Politics and Protest. They give an amazing view of the different ways people reacted to this difficult and unusual situation.

The eclectic mix of quilts is a feast for the eyes, and the narratives give powerful insights into the feelings and responses of the artists to the pandemic and the isolation restrictions it imposed. CQ West member Alicia Merrett contributed the quilt below, "Up and Down and Round and Round" to the book. Recently it was shown at ACEARTS in Somerton. 
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About us
Our Members:
Alicia Merrett, Ana Kirby, Angela Knapp, Christine Seager, Dot Carter, Fran Griffiths, Jane Brooks, Judith Barker, Judy Stephens, k3n, Kara Chambers, Lucy Poloniecka, Maria Harryman, Rachele Dickie, 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 the group in 2013 as a means to share and push the boundaries of their personal practice. 

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