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.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Croatian Textiles

Last summer we had a fabulous trip to Croatia. We visited the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb where there are hundreds of examples of Croatian National Costume on show. I made a study of the patterns and designs and have put them together to make this piece. I have used a block print that i made myself and a thermofax screen that i designed. The fabric is mainly hand dyed wool with stitch using Wonderfil Spagetti thread. I loved using little bits of left over ric rac braid, cowrie shells etc. I havent decided yet whether to make all my 6 pieces based on studies of Ethnic textiles or just based on my travels. The new CQ challenge that is also based on working in a series has made me have to have a rethink! I have a busy few months coming up so i wanted to get ahead!


  1. As usual, Gillian this is a beautiful piece with so much detail; I just want to be able to study it in person to see exactly what you have done. There are so many different patterns, did you screen print all of these?
    It's gorgeous! Elaine.

  2. Hi Elaine
    The only bit I screen printed was the top one, the rest is either block printed or machine stitched.
    I loved making it - it was such fun cutting the wavy bits and making use of all the things I hoard that I am sure will come in useful one day