We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Thursday, 9 August 2012


In July I was invited to teach in Israel. I managed to add on a few extra days and met up with Pat Arcibald and her friend Janette. We had a day in Bethlehem, the religious stuff was interesting but we didnt really know what we were supposed to be looking at! I was keen to see the Banksy murals so when we came through the Gilo checkpoint we walked along the separation wall looking for the murals and were moved by all the grafitti on the wall. We followed the wall for so long that we got lost!
I wanted to see some traditional Palestinian costumes in the various museums and just love all the colours and fine needlework. We also went to see work produced by the many womens cooperatives.
I have used  decolourant to paint the grafitti and then machine embroidery to look like traditional Palestinian embroidery.
I had fun adding some additional grafitti to the wall.


  1. You'll need to write another book to add more travel pieces in Gillian! The use of the decolourants with the added colour is very effective for the grafitti especially where the writing overlaps. Really liked the vibrant colours.

  2. What a wonderful combination of so many different experiences from one adventure into one quilt. Also love what you said about writing the grafitti. There is such a freedom and spontaneity about it. Great piece!

  3. Great piece. The detail of the grafitti is fabulous. Much more interesting to see than churches and the like!

  4. You certainly manage to get about, Gillian!!This is beautifully colourful and I like the contrast between the embroidery and all the writing. Another great piece.