Portfolio
2012: Examples
2013: Section 1
2013: Section 2
2015 Examples
2016 Examples
HANDS THE HEALING PROCESS AND THE NHS
Heritage Wrap
Nuno and the Fine Art of Felt Making
2012: Examples
Samples from the 2012 portfolio.  View Examples

2013: Section 1
Artwork for 2013  View Examples

2013: Section 2
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2015 Examples

Please find examples of 2015 creations. The last one shown is an example of a commission.

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2016 Examples
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HANDS THE HEALING PROCESS AND THE NHS
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital celebrated  its 10th Anniversary as a Trust in the beautiful grounds of Bicton College
 
During the Festival Day, visitors were invited to lay fibres, threads and fabrics in colours and textures that resonated with their reflections on the NHS.  The pieces were subsequently wet felted by the tutor.  The piece contains sheep's fleece: Merino, Lustrous Curly Wensleydale and Crimped Blue Face Leicester, in addition sumptuous,  silk fibres and threads; silk velvet, satin, chiffon.   The layering and blending of fibres throughout the day,  and the resulting final piece, evokes warmth from individual hands which, through the haptic  process activates the felt into fabric.

L/R Tina Jones (Matron) a member of the Staff Festival organising group, James Brent, Chairman, and Gill Burbidge. Click to enlarge the image.

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Heritage Wrap

Inherited fabrics, threads, fibres and other beloved materials can (often) be incorporated into an heirloom wrap (or picture).

Merino fibres secure the fragile fabrics through gentle hand-rolled wet-felting.

This 1950s wedding veil had become hydroscopic and disintegrated when handled, but with sensitive handling has been incorporated into this wrap along with other treasured lace from family sewing boxes or retrieved from the treasure chest in the loft.

PROCESS
 
Approximately 7 hours application and design time  - however  the design  does not begin in the studio but at the concept stage  months before. 
 
I usually  advocate sampling for any commission, but when using a limited amount of heritage fabrics this is not possible.
Placing the relevant pieces appropriately on the silk chiffon  and ensuring the integrity of the  fragile lace was not compromised in the overall heirloom effect by the dominance of other added fabrics was important. Two of the four pieces of veil were placed either side at the front and two in the back of the wrap.
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Nuno and the Fine Art of Felt Making

Silk chiffon, cotton scrim, fine merino fibres, lustrous  hand dyed Wensleydale and enchanting Blue Face Leicester, and other fibres, contribute and collaborate their varied properties to create sumptuous surface design in wearable art or interior design wall art.

The surface design takes on an image of rich, social diversity. The process and metaphor for this diversity is demonstrated by  the striated space of the (base) fabric, on to which is laid the smooth space of  (fleece) fibres.  Creating the fabric requires warmth, friction and binding relationships.  Referred to by Deleuze and Guattari.


Commissioned pieces hang in Historic Bicton House.

Gill is available for commissions, lectures, exhibitions and demonstrations.

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