In spite of an uncooperative computer, meaning that no pictures were available Pat Ashton-Smith was able to show us many actual samples of her work. On October 2nd her talk "In Search of a Voice" was varied and illustrated by beautiful items to look at.
Her early work was based on embroidery and she did City and Guilds. Later she discovered further skills in textiles and quilting but not abandoning her stitching background. Many of her original works are inspired by the area around her home in Northumberland.
She uses some traditional techniques but has developed her own methods. Backgrounds are often pieced with intricate applique motifs in the foreground. She had done a workshop for our members during the day including piecing a background. We saw Gina's lovely completed background and look forward to seeing it finished, maybe next time...?
Examples of the work she showed us.