My love of fabrics and handmade things came to me through my family. I grew
up surrounded by beautiful embroideries, linens, weavings and Molas that my
mother and grandmother had collected in the years they had lived in Panama.
We also had quilts made by a great grandmother, and our maternal grandmother,
who also had made us clothing as children. I loved the connection between my
cherished favorite clothing and warm, colourful quilts. I soon began my own
creative adventures, which combined with my study of social anthropology at
college, lead me to explore the social, historical and artistic contexts of
the quilts, weaving and baskets that I loved. This study is ongoing for me.
My move to the West of Ireland in the late 1970s exposed me to Donegal tweed
and linen, which I worked with extensively for many years making traditional
style quilts and bags. In the early 1990's I began my work with art quilts,
learning fabric painting, and using techniques such as reverse appliqué,
couching and embroidery, and a great deal of hand quilting. Much has followed
from this diversion, and the art quilts have lead me on to many different paths,
such as arpilleras and specific themed quilts, banners and wallhangings, created
with groups on historical and social events. I usually try to exhibit my work
every year, and my engagement with group work as a facilitator has grown exponentially
in the past few years. My quilts and wallhangings are in many countries now,
and I like the fact that all these pieces that I have worked on have made their
homes all over the world. I value making commissions, and like that link on
a personal level with other people.
Deborah can be contacted at: email@example.com or
at:www.ccoi.ie Crafts Council
of Ireland (Deborah J. Stockdale), telephone: 00353 (0)87 271 8967
Visit Deborah's website at http://www.deborahjstockdale.com/
Associated Projects:www.cain.ulst.ac.uk / www.woolandsheep.com.
Also check out Love Accross the Waves Quilt
More From the Artist:
Texture, colours, shape and
substance. These are some of the properties of textiles. In my lifetime of
creating textile art, whether it is a quilt, or wallhanging, or a practical
bag, the quest for me has always been finding that indefinable 'zing' element.
The combination of colours that pop out at you, the juxtaposition of textures
that makes you want to touch the piece, the shapes that lead the eye from
one to another and back again. The substance that creates dimensions, light
shadows, the hills and valleys of quilting. For me, this is the essence of
what I'm trying to do with my textiles and art work, and its been a journey
of a thousand thousand steps over many years of creative work.
Quilted and Painted Wall Hanging,
Deborah J. Stockdale, Glencolmcille: Fern
Woman (size 0.60m x 0.51m)
Quilted and Painted Wall Hanging, Deborah J. Stockdale, Glencolmcille: Hands
of Creation (size 0.74m x 0.57m)