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