London Quilters have an exhibition from 17th November to 4th January at Swiss Cottage Gallery (www.londonquilters.org.uk). The private view with Tracy Chevalier will be on 20th November.
As a trailer for this exhibition, as part of the library's 50th anniversary celebrations, we will be mounting a display of 12 inch square quilts commemorating WW1. These will be on show from around 5th November.
Both my grandfathers fought in the war and, although both were wounded, they survived. My German grandfather was proud of his army service but this counted for nothing with the Nazis and he was later killed in a death camp.
I had photographs of both grandfathers in uniform. My friend Tricia Dickson showed me how to use Photoshop to reduce photos to an outline that could be used to make thermofax screens.
I printed these screens on to pieces of fabric dyed with tea and iron (see previous blog re Alice Fox and the cellar keys) using an ink/paste made from walnut husks thickened with gum tragacanth. I had to add a small amount of black screen ink to get some of darker images. The strips between the photos were printed using a commercial thermofax.