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Judy Stephens

I am drawn to strong graphic imagery and an underlying narrative, possibly linked with the fact that I spent my working life as a newspaper journalist. I try to make my quilts tell a story sometimes about my personal woes, sometimes the woes of the world such as climate change. I notice a predilection for a black/white/red colour scheme, heads and text.
I live in the seaside town of Penarth, just outside Cardiff. Among the inhabitants are a squawking crew of lesser black back seagulls, big strong brutes who upset the locals by pooping on their cars and ripping open their rubbish bags. But I love them, particularly the one I raised from chickhood, some ten years ago. We are still pals. The gulls seem to embody, for me, emotional states and dramas and these ideas are infiltrating new textile work.
I exhibit with Contemporary Quilt West, the Women's Arts Association and Vale of Glamorgan Artists, a local professional art group - their first quilter. I enjoy showing my work in mixed art exhibitions. I have shown textiles in open exhibitions at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, and the Victoria Gallery, Bath, and managed to get as far as the shortlist for the Annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Next year maybe....

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