Sheila Dalgleish

I have been involved in some form of needlework for as long as I can remember. Eventually I realised that quilting was the way, and I have gradually built the confidence to develop my own style. As a geography graduate (a very, very long time ago), I have always had a particular interest in landscape, and most of the work I have done in the past few years reflects this. I have shared two exhibitions with Mairi Wheeler, and several with Freewheeling. In 2015 I finally dared to go it alone, with an exhibition in Edinburgh. The theme was 'North'. I had actually thought this would be a one-off, but almost since that first exhibition closed, people asked when the next one would be. Consequently, 'North and South' took place at the beginning of February 2018. I had such fun with this, meeting so many people, both quilters and non-quilters. The gallery I used, in Edinburgh city centre, was in the heart of 'gallery - land' and so I had a lot of passing trade from people who had never seen textile art before. My third exhibition, North South East West took place just before the first lockdown, in February 2020, how lucky was I? Building on the success of the first two, this one had a much higher attendance, and again a lot of passing trade and sales. I had hoped to build on contacts from this one, but of course, life took a different direction, and all plans and contacts were put on hold. I made a whole series of pieces based on my daily walks, which gave me a project to fill the long lockdown days, and made me look much more closely at the area where I live. Now I have a considerable bank of new work, and have a tentative booking for February 2023 for 'The Frustrated Traveller'. However, as with everything else since covid, I am taking nothing for granted...

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