The Festival of Quilts starts today at the Birmingham NEC, and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re able. Filled with over 1000 quilts, as well as a fair dose of other inspiration, it’s a good day out.
Last year, one of the outstanding pieces, in my humble opinion, was this epic quilt of Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, by Charlotte Bailey.
Charlotte is a Foundation Degree Graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and is using her top class skills to explore contemporary subject matter. The quilt just a taste of what she is capable of.
Much like former Mr X Stitch columnist Curegreed, Charlotte takes the traditional skills taught at RSN and gives them a healthy dash of humour, or a modern day twist.
Recent pieces have used goldwork Or Nue to great effect, producing high class corporate logos.
Her pin-up pieces have been similarly charming, combining stitched excellence with Sailor Jerry style icons.
Charlotte is a terrific talent at the start of a very exciting path. I’m paying close attention and look forward to seeing what other works she produces and where her creative journey takes her.
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