Finished quilt in situ:
Stewart Easton has been quietly working away creating a large interactive quilt as part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival.
Stewart has been working alongside other artists as part of the Gather-ing project, inspired by the agricultural history of the tithe barn and the religious significance of the nearby priory.
Gather-ing is a Somerset Art Works project with contemporary craft created by Stewart Easton, Jacky Oliver, Helen Snell and Gillian Widden in response to the tithe barn – part of the Priory complex, a rare group of medieval domestic and agricultural National Trust buildings at Stoke sub Hamdon.
Stewart worked with a local group of crafters - the “Quirky Quilters” of Stoke-Sub-Hamden to create the quite which was digitally printed and then hand-stitched with conductive thread. The quilt responds to touch by playing sounds based on the life of St Nicholas with field recordings from the local area.
We have included some of Stewart’s process photos (from his Tumblr) below.
Stage one – Painting.
Stewart with his prototype.
Work in progress.
The centre piece, ready to be stitched.
A completed interactive section.
Action shot of Stewart busily stitching away.