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The evolution of a group

Portrait of Debbie

Debbie Hammond is part of Wrapped Up who are showing their work for the first time at Ilminster Arts Centre. See here for more details.

They all did their City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting  Diploma together in Dorking. Afterwards, with others from the same tutor, they formed a group called Blue Tulips. After about six years the four of them formed a separate group called Wrapped Up

They had exhibited together several times in Kent and Sussex but wanted to venture further afield,  including Glasgow in 2014.

Between 1978 and 1989 Debbie lived in Ilminster and still has relatives in Yeovil. When visiting the area she discovered the new gallery in Ilminster and suggested this as their next venue. Having made the booking late in 2014 she had any idea that by the time of the exhibition she would have decided to move from Kent and since February 2016 lives in Chard, Somerset.

Debbie says "I enjoy dying and printing my own fabrics, often guided by Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan in their role as Committed to Cloth. I like to use traditional patchwork methods in a contemporary way, but sometimes I venture into wet felt making. I am mostly inspired by nature and my chosen technique will often be determined by what I see. Recently, after a visit to Iceland I made a body of work from my photographs of the ice, snow and aurora using paper lamination on cotton fabric"