A fabric collection and Heritage Quilt created by textile artist Bridgeen Gillespie to celebrate City of Culture is on show at Waterside Theatre.
As well as the locally-inspired fabrics and quilt, illustrator and self-taught fabric designer Bridgeen is also displaying a selection of her own unique hand-embroidered pop culture portraits until Tuesday, September 3.
The City of Culture 2013 Fabric Collection celebrates the City of Culture Derry via its architectural heritage.
The patterns spotlight the Walled City’s shared heritage and history, drawing on street names, details from the walls and buildings, public sculpture and more.
“Everything in the fabric designs is taken from some actual detail from Derry city centre - all derived from my photos and drawings of things you might ordinarily miss - nothing has been ‘invented’; it’s all from real life, even the colours,” Bridgeen told the ‘Journal’.
“I digitally sampled colours from my research photos to create the colour palette I used for the fabrics,” the artist explained.
In preparation for creating the Heritage Quilt for exhibition, Bridgeen worked with two of the city’s internationally renowned quilt maker-educators, Mary Good and Sandra Montgomery and invited local quilters to sew a block each. Over twenty local women participated, from independent mixed community patchwork classes at St Peter’s Hall, Clooney Estate Community Centre, and the North West Quilters Guild.
The fabric designs are created entirely digitally and then printed via online fabric print specialists Spoonflower.com.
The production of the quilt represents an intergenerational collaboration of old and new skills, with traditional mature crafters working alongside a contemporary digital artist.
The fabrics are now on sale too. “So far the Roaring Meg polka dot cannons have made the first sales. One customer in America tells me she’s making a cushion for her husband who is cannon obsessed!
“ I love hearing about what people are making with my designs,” Bridgeen added.
Bridgeen’s fabrics are available to the public to order online via: www.spoonflower.com/profiles/cherryandcinnamon.
Find out more about the collection and what inspired their designs at: www.cherryandcinnamon.com.