Just One Quilt: Lucy’s Story

Just One Quilt: Lucy’s Story


So for this week’s Just One Quilt story
I’m with printmaker and quilter Lucy with her beautiful paper clip quilt. I decided I wanted to bedspread and I
think I was looking for a bedspread for possibly about two years and thought I’m just
gonna have to start making that. I think the more I started looking at them and
then quilts popped up and then – so quilts were on the radar, they were on
the kind of periphery and then when my nephew came along I thought I could try making
him a small quilt and, you know a little tester and see what happens and that’s
kind of, I don’t know it was a bit like osmosis.
Jumbo paper clip started as a hundred day project. They were little postcard size
prints and for a hundred days I did a different one, so I’d had these shapes
and curves and spots and the paper clip came out of that and then it became a
fabric design and then I got hold of some templates to make the quilt. But
it’s great oh it’s not a secret society but see when you start talking to people
that quilt, they’re like “oh my grandma made a quilt, or I’ve made a quilt
but it’s not something that people really (maybe it is a secret society!) I studied printmaking
and fine art years ago. I’d always wanted to do something creative something
whatever and then real life hit so I decided to get a job. My previous role is a social
worker in addiction services up in Aberdeenshire. I started quilting maybe
about a couple of years before I left that work, as a bit of a stress relief and just
to do something something with my hands and to shut off and to be probably
producing something that you could complete and finish and it just stays
like that. Maybe that’s why my quilts are quite ordered. I used to think
I was quite minimal but I’m not minimal, but I’m not
maximal either so I’ve kinda figured out that my style is like a reductionist or a reductivist or whichever, so I have to get myself boundaries. I like
using one shape and repeating it and seeing what comes of that or playing with the
colour. I look at your Instagram and I aspire to be that kind of person. I’m too messy and chaotic, I get too
excited by the next thing (that’s exactly it) so and I can see that sometimes, even
though you’re restricting yourself, actually it makes you more creative sometimes just
because you’ve got to work within those rules, yes I get it and think that it’s good. You can play with it more because you’ve already contained it if
you like. I discovered that printmaking is it’s the same thought process, you
have to think in reverse, there’s lots of shapes that fit together, you’re
creating layers and textures so when you’re creating a quilt you’re, you’re
piecing together these – not just shapes but then your colours and your palettes
and your, essentially you just create an image but then you’re adding
texture on top so that could be quilting and embroidery or the way, if you knot it or
how you bind it and there’s just these nuances in printmaking, it’s really
just a similar thought process. So when you’re actually sat,
physically sewing how does that make you feel? I think it’s quite, it’s a bit
like a meditation it’s quite nice I quite like it, you can just shut off and
you really can just focus on – whether you’re and just listening to your podcast
or watching something, you’ve got something on it just kind of shuts you
off. But you just need to have a go and and then your style develops as
time goes on and you gather your influences from
from other places and then eventually it develops in to your own individual style.So what’s next then for Lucy Engels? What’s next? Patterns – patterns and fabric
quilts, patterns and fabric, that’s it that’s what I’m focusing on next year. you

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