I am a contemporary art quilter, and for a couple of decades I have worked mainly with the techniques of freehand-cutting and piecing, and fused collage. My inspiration is varied: the natural and urban environments, science, astronomy, literature, music, ideas. My passion is colour and I use it in my own personal way. My best known series is on maps and aerial views. In the last year, however, I have changed my way of working, and have been experimenting with digital designs, which are then printed on fabric, layered and stitched.
I am a teacher and a speaker. I teach workshops that use the techniques of piecing and fusing; I do not teach digital design. My work can be seen in my website, http://www.aliciamerrett.co.uk and I can be contacted on: . The workshops I teach are listed there; new ones are added from time to time. My lectures are digital presentations, and I bring my own digital projector.
Given the health emergency, I have cancelled all my teaching for the next few months.
I teach regularly at the Festival of Quilts, both in the Academy and the Quick & Easy sessions, as well as exhibiting there.
I have acted as curator and as a juror in a number of exhibitions. Articles about my work are regularly published in British, European and American specialised quilting magazines. I am one of the artists featured in the book ‘Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 years of Innovation’ by Schiffer Publishing, 2018.
I am a Juried Artist Member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates), and a member of two international groups - Viewpoints 9, and Crossing Oceans. They give me the opportunity of exhibiting world-wide, and my work has been shown in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan. Closer to home, I am a member of CQ West, and our next exhibition, ‘Unfolding Stories 4’ was due to premiere at the Lansdown Gallery in Stroud, May 12 to 24, 2020. Sadly it has had to be cancelled, but it has been rescheduled for May 2021, dates TBA. Please check http://www.cqwest.uk for updates, and also our Facebook pages.
Keep well and keep safe during this virus emergency.