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Liz Ellison

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

About me

Following my BA in Textiles, I continued my studies as I wanted to explore my craft further.
I found myself drawn towards the medium of quilting and the creativity and sustainability of naturally-dyed fabrics.
During my research, I was fascinated by the concept of memory quilts and the way histories have been recorded through iconography as opposed to the written word.
By combining my skills of quilting, patchwork, embroidery, applique, fabric painting and lino-cutting, I wanted to create my own way of telling stories through a wearable art piece.

I wanted to create a way of memorialising a lost loved so that the memories of them do not fade over time.
Using memories collated from my family, that they have of my late Mother, I have made a memorial textile object, visualising her essence and her story.
My research inspired me to create a tactile, softly-quilted jacket with embroidered & printed memories of her, which when worn and snuggled in, allows her story to be told to future generations through the iconography and become a family heirloom.

Cotton fabric coloured with natural dyes to create a complementary palette.

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My final piece - A quilted jacket representing 'A Hug From A Lost Loved One'.

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Hand embroidery on naturally dyed & quilted fabric.

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Hand applique and embroidery.

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Applique patch representing comfort food from my childhood.

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Hand painted & embroidered poppy.

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Hand embroidery highlighting the negative space created by stenciling as sleeve detail.

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Printing on fabric using pressed ferns and bracken.

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The central motif, representing my Mother and her legacy.

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Fabric naturally dyed with turmeric used to create an applique daffodil.

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Keywords: quilting, lino cutting, impromtu patchwork, embroidery, fabric painting, stencilling, sewing, story-telling, pattern cutting, memorial, natural dying


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