stitch-links

contemporary textile art

maggie paykel

I have always been interested in repetition, be it of stitch or shape. After stitching very minimalist textiles I have gravitated towards patchwork and quilting. Although I am not by nature traditional, my work is informed by these old techniques.

In my latest work, a love of working in paper after many years of teaching papermaking has produced a series of brown paper quilts. I have been changing the surface of very basic brown wrapping paper so that it looks and feels like a fabric. Patchwork and quilting has always utilised the recycling of materials, so this adapts the past by using discarded paper as the fabric.


maggie paykel

I have always been interested in repetition, be it of stitch or shape. After stitching very minimalist textiles I gravitated towards patchwork and quilting. Although I am not by nature traditional, my work has been informed by these old techniques. I produced a series of quilts that utilised brown paper and silk cotton. The surface of both fabrics is changed using gesso, writing, print and colour, making it impossible to tell the difference when stitched together.

Moving on from the ‘paper’ series I realised that I enjoyed the colouring and hand stitching on fabric more but elements of patchwork and quilting can still be seen in my work. Memories of sitting on the beach in Puerto Rico surrounded by sun, friends and the ever-present palm trees that for years have helped in designing my work. These memories will never leave me and are a constant in my work right back to my minimalist work.