Do It Yourself Ideas: Sandy Suffield’s Paper Quilts


A message from Remodelista viewers Sandy Suffield constantly obtains our focus. A London art supervisor and also vintage enthusiast that hardly ever purchases anything brand-new, Sandy initially offered us with The Engine Residence, a previously abandoned electric structure in country Suffolk that she discovered on WreckoftheWeek.co.uk and also changed right into among the globe’s best-looking trip leasings. Next off, she presented us to her sibling Victoria Suffield’s 1930s family members residence and also way of living store, The Hambledon, in Winchester. And also lately she shocked us with pictures of her existing leisure activity, collections motivated by antique American patchworks that she develops from scratch pad.

” Making paper patchworks was a great balm in unusual lockdown times, when I invested weeks each time at The Engine Residence,” composes Sandy. “I made them out of what I carried hand– product packaging from acquisitions on ebay.com, my papa’s 0ld paints, PVA adhesive, sometimes I utilized the silver wrappers from takeaway naan bread.”

The search proceeds: in between her day task as a developer– Sandy lately created a collection of still-life collections for Kinfolk– she’s made loads of paper patchworks, most of which hang throughout The Engine Residence. And also she supports her initial strategy: she utilizes just ditch products so absolutely nothing is purchased to make them. Right here’s a tasting of Sandy’s paper patchworks sitting, in procedure, and also closeup. Scroll throughout for acquiring information.

Digital photography by and also thanks to Sandy Suffield ( @sandysuffield and also @theenginehousesuffolk).

Framed Paper Quilts at The Engine Residence

Over: Sandy’s Paper Patchwork 42 is the excellent buddy for her reward Joe Colombo 1960s Kartell Universale Chair.

Of her motivations, Sandy informs us: “As a child, my individuals would certainly take us to the American Gallery near Bathroom, in the West of England, where the patchworks were constantly an emphasize. And also when we went to good friends in The golden state, my mum restored antique patchworks; they rested folded up on the arms of couches and also were utilized as valuable bed covers. Extra lately, I reached see a program of lovely Gee’s Bend patchworks at Alison Jacques Gallery in London, and also I got a remarkable patchwork on ebay.com (and also invested a small ridiculous total up to have actually delivered from the United States)– so motivation originates from a number of resources.”

sandy matched a quilt to her steel framed 1986 ikea moment sofa by niels gamme 10
Over: Sandy matched a patchwork to her steel-framed 1986 Ikea Minute couch by Niels Gammelgaard, which she reupholstered in Rivet, a material made up of 100-percent recycled products, in a shade called Fuse.

Sandy utilizes slim loading paper–” reused from my ebay.com behavior”– as the substratum and also product for her collections, and also functions freehand–” I never ever illustration things out or strategy whatsoever.” Her shade mixes have actually been motivated by whatever from a nuthatch’s quill to the graffiti in an underpass.

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Over: Paper patchwork 4. Sandy’s visuals developer training– she originally helped Pentagram in London and also later on at Apple in The golden state– beams via in her productions and also the method she shows them. “The really initial patchwork transpired while I was absentmindedly playing concerning making a card for a close friend’s birthday celebration.” Dimensions differ: numerous are “rather early” yet the most recent are bigger.

Over: “Just a couple of adapt typical patchwork patterns, such as toppling blocks[shown here] Many are basic red stripes and also brick-like forms.”
paper quilt 48. sandy finds most of her frames at goodwill shops and thrift sto 13
Over: Paper patchwork 48. Sandy locates the majority of her structures at A good reputation stores and also second hand shops: “the dimension of the framework determines the dimension of the patchwork.” When feasible, she shows the initial materials of the framework on the back.

The Refine

sandy begins by painting scrap packing paper. her father is an artist and she u 14
Over: Sandy starts by repainting scrap packaging paper. Her papa is a musician and also she utilizes his remaining paints. The repainted web pages after that obtain reduced right into strips.
next, she cuts the paper into geometric shapes. she applies glue—akin to 15
Over: Following, she reduces the paper right into geometric forms. She uses adhesive– comparable to Elmer’s– with her fingers.
the shapes get stored in an antique tin that sandy thinks once held men
Over: The forms obtain kept in an antique tin that Sandy assumes as soon as held guys’s starched collars. “Making paper patchworks is quicker than sewing,” she claims. “I assume I’m as well restless to be an actual quilter, yet lockdown did make me desire for a convivial sewing team.”

Closeups of the Finished Job

paper quilt 46. up close, the brushstrokes are visible. 17
Over: Paper Patchwork 46. Up close, the brushstrokes show up.
paper quilt 31. wrinkles and creases are also part of the look:
Over: Paper Patchwork 31. Creases and also folds are additionally component of the appearance: “I in fact such as exactly how the mindful geometry of typical patchwork patterns obtains ruined by utilizing adhesive on slim paper vulnerable to crinkle,” claims Sandy. “They constantly wind up a smidgen rickety.”
paper quilt 39. sandy has begun selling her collages and accepting commissions: 19
Over: Paper Patchwork 39. Sandy has actually started marketing her collections and also approving payments: rates begin at $350 (₤ 300) for an around 8.5 inches-by-11 inch patchwork. Inquiry Sandy on Instagram @theenginehousesuffolk or @sandysuffield As well as additionally think about taking a trip in a home full of her job– The Engine Residence still has readily available summertime and also drop rental days.

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