Connection: Macclesfield 1 by Judy Fairless

Macclesfield 1 by Judy Fairless

Macclesfield 1 by Judy Fairless

Macclesfield 1 by Judy Fairless

The Silk Road was the name coined for a series of ancient trade routes connecting China and the silk industry in the East with Turkey in the West.

In 2010 I travelled along part of the Silk Road through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China and as a result was inspired to make a series of quilts. Wanting to connect this quilt with that journey, though not directly, I visited Macclesfield Silk Museum for further research. Macclesfield prides itself as being ‘the end of the Silk Road’.

I took photographs of the machinery and this first quilt was an interpretation of a stack of bobbins on a frame. The photograph was digitally manipulated by me in Paint Shop Pro and the design came to fruition in a workshop with Laura Kemshall after playing with some coloured papers we had created during the day.

The design was greatly enlarged and then digitally printed onto cotton fabric by ‘Fingerprint’. It is totally free machine quilted in a variety of cotton threads.

This quilt is part of the Connection touring exhibition by Cwilt Cymru currently showing at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.

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