Monday, 15 September 2014

Out & About: Frieda Oxenham and 52 Journals

Memory by Frieda Oxenham
On Friday, I spent a lovely day in the Scottish Borders, visiting Frieda Oxenham and her exhibition ’52 Journals’ at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles.
Thoughts Fly Swift by Frieda Oxenham
For an entire year, Frieda made one journal quilt a week, mainly A4-sized, with one a month 10in square.  They are beautiful little works of art, and as you would expect from Frieda, each one has a lot of care, attention and time given to it.  It is really astounding she managed to make them all in just one year given all the other projects she had on too.  If you can make it to Peebles, it is well worth a visit.  The work is exquisite.
Some of Frieda Oxenham's inspiration photos
As well as the actual quilts, Frieda had a book of the inspirations behind the journal quilts and a little explanation on how she got from the inspiration to the quilt.  When I was there, many visitors were spending lots of time of time reading and enjoying the work.  Frieda was very generous with her time and I have lots of notes now to go and write an article on her amazing work for Popular Patchwork.
Circle of Creation by Frieda Oxenham

Frieda has a great blog at  You should visit and say hello!
Doodle by Frieda Oxenham


Frieda Oxenham said...

You took some wonderful photographs! Thanks for the great write-up and fir writing the article. Can't waito see that too.

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Frieda. It was really great to see you and the C&G students loved your gelli-plate advice too!

Maggi said...

Looks like it was an inspiring exhibition, pity it's not closer.

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