I have been an artist all my life and recently retired as the Head of Art at Dover Grammar School for Girls. Back in 1985 I was introduced to quilting and soon began designing my own quilts based on ideas or elements from other cultures which interested me. In 1989 I went to Perth in Western Australia for a year and joined the Roleystone Quilt Group. Through them I took part in a major quilt exhibition in Perth and it was then that I began to paint onto my pieced fabric. On my return I continued to experiment with this technique, usually adding a variety of embellishments and layers of fabric to the base pieced fabric. In 2009 I was invited by 'Fabrications' magazine to write an article about my work and put together an exhibition which travelled to several venues in Britain. I have exhibited my work in both local and national exhibitions.
Since 1985 I have been a member and guest of the Oast Quilters in Canterbury and have led several workshops for them. I have also given talks about my work to many quilt groups, embroidery groups and W.I. groups over the years, and led day or half day workshops both to introduce different quilting or applique techniques and to inspire and develop personal and imaginative responses to the local environment.
I am currently a Moderator for the W.J.E.C., examining G.C.S.E. Drama performance and A level Art and Design, Textiles, Photography and Graphic Communication.
I am now living in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid, about 15 miles from Aberystwyth, and am looking forward to meeting and working with quilters and artists in Wales (as well as keeping my ties with quilting groups and friends in Kent). I am now the Quilters Guild rep for Ceredigion.
I would like to continue to teach, talk and run workshops all over the U.K., so would welcome any contact with individuals and groups who would like to see my work and develop some of the ideas and techniques which I have created.
In October 2015 I visited the Thanet Quilters in Kent, where I gave an evening talk on the 7th on the theme of 'An artist's approach to the quilt'. On the 8th I held a workshop between 10-4pm which brought together quilting and embroidery and introduced or encouraged painting skills in the creation of an original piece of work inspired by the paintings of Howard Hodgkin but based on sketches or photos of a chosen place. Photographs of a variety of workshops can been seen on my website: http://www.joanweston.co.uk
In November (15th-16th) I was then invited by Esther at Purely Patchwork, 23 High Street, Linlithgow, Edinburgh EH49 7AB, to run a two day workshop, again exploring the relationship which we can develop between painting and patchwork. For this I suggested looking at three artists for inspiration - Mary Lloyd Jones, Charles Anderson and Howard Hodgkin, all of whom have developed fluid and fairly abstract responses to places and landscape.
In April 2015 I joined Christabel Guilbert and other quilters at the Llanidloes Community Centre, mid Wales, for their Area Day where I introduced my quilts and wall hangings and discussed techniques used.
I will be exhibiting two pieces of work on the theme of 'The Sea' in the CADW Open Doors 'Tremain Textile Challenge' in Tremain Church 28 - 30th September, 2 - 5pm; earlier in the year I held a workshop developing ideas for this theme with the Betws Ifan W.I. group who will be showing the finished items in this exhibition.
From 27th September I will be exhibiting my wall hanging 'Flying Bird of New Guinea' at the Quilt Centre in Lampeter, Ceredigion, as part of the Volunteers Exhibition until the end of the season.
On Saturday 19th November I will be holding a sewing workshop at my home with the theme of 'Pets' to raise money for the Blue Cross Pets organisation - do contact me if you would like to come along!
I am beginning painting afternoons, introducing water colour and acrylics (very useful techniques for painting on fabric!) at my home studio in Pontrhrydfendigaid from October 13th 2016 (except for the 27th Oct) and these will continue throughout the winter. Please check my website - http://www.joanweston.co.uk for current information on dates and content of the classes.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to attend any of the workshops or would like me to either give a talk about my work, or give a workshop for your group or association. Distance no object!!