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First Day:

 

The Spirit brooded...

94cm x 90cm

2018

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* tie and machine quilted

* hanging sleeve for a batten

* signed and dated on reverse

 

£1998

All the work in this section is rooted in Fibonacci numbers or sequences.

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First Day:

 

The Spirit brooded...

detail

 

 

Fifth Day:

 

Let the rainforest sing!

85cm square

2018

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* tie quilted

* stretched on a canvas stretcher

* split batten wall fastening

* signed and dated on reverse

 

£2681

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Fifth Day:

 

Let the rainforest sing!

85cm square

2018

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Fifth Day:

 

Let the waters teem (1)

83cm square

2018

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* stretched on a canvas stretcher

* split batten wall fastening

* signed and dated on reverse

 

£2640

 

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Fifth Day:

 

Let the waters teem (1)

83cm square

2018

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Fifth Day:

 

Let the waters teem (2)

83cm square

2018

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* stretched on a canvas stretcher

* split batten wall fastening

* signed and dated on reverse

 

£2640

 

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Fifth Day:

 

Let the waters teem (2)

83cm square

2018

 

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Fifth Day: 

Let birds take flight

85cm square

2013

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* stretched on a canvas stretcher

* split batten wall fastening

* signed and dated on reverse

 

£2681

 

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Hope

134cm x 187cm

2018

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* tie and machine quilted

* hanging sleeve for a batten

 

NFS

Numbers in the Fibonacci sequence, (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc.), become very big very quickly, but if you ‘reduce’ them (by adding the single digits in the number, eg 13 = 4, 21 = 3, 34 = 7 etc.) they create a series of numbers that repeats every 24 places! Hope, above, is constructed on a reduced Fibonacci sequence.

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First showings (1)

86cm x 170cm

2012

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton backing

* sleeve for hanging batten

 

NFS

First showings is a response to a prayer/poem by John Philip Newell. Inspired by the author's description of dawn, it is designed to allow a back light to bring the colours to life – to blur the boundaries between textile art and stained glass.

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First showings (1)

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First showings (2)

71cm x 161cm

2013

* 100% cotton fabric

* 100% cotton batting

* calico backing

* stretched on a canvas stretcher

* signed and dated on reverse

 

NFS

 

See gallery: Pi and gallery: sequence.

Fibonacci

Fibonacci numbers take their name from Leonardo Fibonacci, a medieval Italian scholar. They form a sequence in which each number is the sum of the two numbers before it:

0 + 1 = 1     1 + 1 = 2     1 + 2 = 3     2 + 3 = 5     3 + 5 = 8     5 + 8 = 13     8 + 13 = 21  13 + 21 = 34   and so on, ad infinitum…

The relationship of any number in the sequence to the one before it underpins the concept of the Golden Mean Ratio, an idea widely used by architects and others seeking to create objects that have aesthetic and psychological appeal. Fibonacci sequences appear everywhere in nature – the number of petals on flowers, the seed heads of sunflowers*, pine cones, snail shells, hurricanes, spiral galaxies and even perfect teeth!

In the reduced Fibonacci sequence any multi-digit number is reduced to a single digit by adding together the digits it contains, for example:

13 becomes 4       21 becomes 3       34 becomes 7     ...

Intriguingly, in the reduced Fibonacci sequence, the pattern of digits repeats every 24 digits ad infinitum. Why should this be? The pieces "Hope" and "The Spirit brooded..." are both constructed using the reduced Fibonacci sequence.

Surely a number sequence so inscrutable deserves an equally beautiful and satisfying visual representation!

 * That’s why you’ll find a sunflower on Alex’s Instagram page