Quilt Judging Course: Module 1: Paper

Quilt Judging Course: Module 1: Paper

  I am finding the process of training with the Quilters Guild of the British Isles to be a Quilt Judge extremely enjoyable. I can justify dedicating time to researching and studying areas within my field that would otherwise get side lined. There are six modules to complete within a two year period and I have just completed Module 1: Paper. In this first Module we were asked to show an understanding of the varying ways materials other than textiles can be used for creative purposes. I looked at paper cut artists like Su Blackwell whose beautiful fragile paper cuts tell stories of  loneliness and running away.   I discovered artist Yamarilet Pacheco, who  creates wavy edged vessels using thin strips of recycled paper to give the bowls a lightly textured surface which give the impression of being as fine as porcelain. I like the way she adds a metallic glow by hand leafing the interiors with copper, silver, or gold. It was all too easy to get bogged down in the history and get obsessive about collecting samples of paper made from more and more unusual raw materials but it was where it led me that proved to be the most inspiring. As part of the Module we had to choose the most interesting example and consider how the artist reacted to the properties of the material and if those properties created any limitations. It was from reading about the shortage of raw materials in Finland during World War ll  and the development of paper to replace other textile fibres that led me to artist Nithikul Nimkulrat. She had developed...