'Double Wedding Ring' quilts and Vikings

So here’s what I’m thinking…

I’m inspired by the connection the people around me in Far North Queensland have to their indigenous heritage and culture.

The art that’s being created here is unique and interesting and really reflective of their culture, but it still embraces what’s happening today, and reflects the feelings of their community.
I feel privileged to live in a place where I can witness first hand this spirit of creating and I've been inspired to think about my own heritage.

I come from the North East Coast of England, a little place that’s often cold, usually wet, green and very pretty. It’s also home to a lot of social problems including entrenched poverty and high rates of unemployment.

My family have lived in this part of the world for as long as anyone can remember, but I feel like I’ve lost sight of what it is that makes where I was born, and my heritage, unique and special.

How is it that I’m surrounded by a people with a deep understanding and connection to their past, with a living commitment to foster learning and development of this heritage, and yet I don’t really know what my version of my design history looks like?

 

What am I going to do about it?

Over the next little while I’m planning on exploring the patterns, stories, colours, crafts and history that are specific to the area where my family and I come from.

Once I have a better understanding of these patterns, I want to incorporate them into a body of work which explores and celebrates these ideas, and brings them into our contemporary age.

 

What does this mean for my quilting?

Not really sure yet. I imagine a body of quilts that draw on the unique design attributes of the region where I was born, and are inspired by more traditional forms of textiles that I grew up with.

Plus, I’ve got a hankering to make my own version of a double ring wedding quilt… so that might work its way in there somehow. Some excellent examples can be found on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s website: http://vfwquilts.com/pages/quilts-collaborations

So stick with me - I'll show you how I build a body of work from start to finish. If you're just here for the pretty quilts then maybe keep checking in from time to time, but I'll also be sharing things I find out on this journey so be prepared for more than just textiles. And at the end? Hopefully something new and exciting I can share with you all :)

Thanks x x