At school I always wanted to study textiles. I was a bright, creative, active pupil who spent many hours drawing, designing and making clothes using my favourite Laura Ashley fabrics. I loved the outdoor life and was encouraged to study Landscape Design. It was a very creative course and I learnt how to design.
I joined the Embroiderer’s Guild and enrolled on a City and Guilds embroidery course, after which I began teaching and gained a PGCE. I taught for many years at Huddersfield Technical college until the funding for City and Guilds was withdrawn.
I then started running classes from my studio at home and realised that I needed to make quilts for exhibition and started entering my work in exhibitions and competitions. To my surprise, I won a few prizes and my work was accepted into juried exhibitions.
I receive invitations to exhibit my quilts all over the world and have exhibited and taught in France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Czech Republic, Canada and South Africa.
It’s an exciting life!
Read about Gillian's course:
Interchange & Notan Applique Stitch with Gillian Travis 7th - 12th October 2018