Leslie and Claire have produced many books about printing and dyeing techniques and nestling within their pages are lots of examples of their work. Claire's has become very simple but beautifully designed, using simple stitch techniques to create a purpose and feel relevant to the piece. Leslie uses colour much more and still uses a more quilterly approach.
Here is Leslie's piece which was hanging at the exhibition:
I love the luminosity of this. The moons are created by the use of discharge through clampled media. I love the fabrics which are in this piece. Some are printed by Leslie and some are commercially printed. What makes the piece work so well on one level is that some of the fabrics, which have been printed by Leslie, are also over-dyed so the cohesion of colour is beautiful. If you look carefully at the little houses, some of them have couched threads on them and the placements are lovely. I love the way that some of them seem to hover in some of the spaces around the houses rather than meeting the edges.
I now feel very embarrassed because I did not take a photograph of the piece from Claire that I absolutely love. It is a piece which she created while she was in India. It is a whole-cloth piece which is linen stitched with hemp and there is a rhythm and calmness about it which is very restful.
Here are details from another piece which is on display, called Snowdrift
And another detail
Both of these pictures are small because I am sorry to admit that I "borrowed" them from ViewSeven's website.
Aren't I lucky to have another year with Leslie and I am hoping to see Claire occasionally.