Quilt 26

H 173cm x W 435cm
Cotton, Wool and Bamboo


This is the third of three quilts that respond to the three woollen Welsh steel workers vests and three cotton kimonos we inherited. In both cases we were taken by the economy of the pattern cutting. With both types of garment, they return to their original bolt of fabric once unpicked. We decided to make three quilts with a welsh steel workers vest in conversation with a kimono that work on similar principles. Vest on the front, kimono on the back.

Unlike the organic shapes that appear in the negative spaces of the clothes in Quilt 12, we were delighted by the strength of the large geometric forms generated by these unpicked garments.

In this case, we decided to unite the front and the back of the quilt in a single plane in order that the vest and the kimono could be viewed together. The warmer colours remind us of the more complex pattern cutting of the orange shirt that sits between the two.

The reverse of the quilt is made up of a large collection of Indian nighties worn by Annabelle’s father – the various languages of embroidery around the neck of each one remain. The green leg of a child’s pair of corduroy trousers unites front and back.