PAULINE Burbidge made her first art quilt in 1976, three years after graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design with a diploma in fashion and textiles. Four decades on, Twisted Thread held a retrospective of the work she had made in the intervening years.Divided into seven sections, the exhibition traced the evolution of her making from early optical pieced works,onto a period of collaged, painted and laminated pieces, the development of a range of functional quilts and the creation of a series of fluid, landscape-based artworks. The sequencing of those exhibits proved an eloquent expression of the artist’s concern to constantly move forward and explore new ground. It had, indeed, been this very concern which had led to the making of that first quilt. Her tertiary studies had focused largely on fashion and pattern cutting. Thisknowledgecontinuestoinformherpracticeandisreflectedinherassured use of cloth, but it was in the rich tradition of quilt-making that Burbidge saw the opportunity to develop a personal visual language.That moment of insight has fed her practice for 40 years.
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