Pauline Burbidge:'Interpretations in Cloth'

  • Detailed image of 'Horizons of Puglia' by Pauline Burbidge
  • Detailed image of 'Horizons of Puglia' by Pauline Burbidge

It’s over 30 years since Pauline Burbidge made her first quilt in her studio flat in central London. Now thirty-six years on, quilt enthusiasts will be given the rare opportunity to view the collected works of one of our most influential contemporary quiltmakers and one of the key players in the revival of quilting in the UK in the early eighties.

PB Retro will showcase a wide range of work following the evolution of Pauline’s style from early geometric piecing to the free form, expressive use of collage and stitch, that has become her signature. Quilts will be loaned from Museums in the UK and the USA and Pauline will also be presenting a new body of work inspired by her love of nature and the rural landscape.

“Many influences have come and gone, however, thirty six years on, quiltmaking still moves me”, says Pauline.

The exhibition will feature design work and making processes will also be shown, including video footage. A substantial, beautifully illustrated catalogue will be available for purchase.

Pauline will be presenting a lecture at the St John University, York from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday, 6 September. Entitled 'Cloth Visions' the lecture takes you on a journey from inspiration through to finished quilts and is interwoven with specially composed music by Helen Torpy. Visit to book tickets.

Images: Details from 'Horizons of Puglia' by Pauline Burbidge, 2012. Images courtesy of Pauline Burbidge.