In the December/January issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Jude Hill describes how, over the years, she has made the transition from lover of textiles, to illustrator, to weaver, to “alternative quilter,” conjuring a story out of scraps of fabric and bits of stitch.
“Over time I have created many personal symbols. I use them over and over again. For instance, the contrast of black and white alternating in a line or checkerboard always represents magic. Beasts, especially lions, are the travelers in my ‘Small Journey’ series, and in many ways they represent keepers or guardians of moments along life’s journey. I also use the moon a lot as a calendar element of passing time. I guess we all eventually develop a private little language we use to communicate our ideas.”
Here is an example of Jude’s use of imagery, “Two trees in no time,” part of the “Small Journey” series.
“One lone lion wandering in timelessness. The center panel is hand pieced from ancient and modern fabrics and over-laid with decaying, moth-eaten wool patches. Hand-dyed and shibori-dyed indigo fabric are used to create motion in the galaxy-like inner border. Several layers of hand-dyed gauze form the frame which is stitched with strips of fabric (another quilt-weaving technique). The frame is purposely left unfinished in case I want to continue. A temporary frame of reference, it is a gift and its story is written on the back.”