Janet McCallum

By Design

By Design is a group of twelve leading textile artists from the south of England, brought together to form an impressive exhibition group. All the members are well known artists in their own right, who work individually to create their own pieces of quilt art.


We have produced eight exhibitions; As Nature Intended?, Chiaroscuro, Passage Defined, Red Hot, Structured, Marginal – on the edge, Smoke and Mirrors and Just One Day was at the ICHF Show at the NEC March 18. Each is a series of 24 textile hangings.


Each person in the group has started with two pieces from the same design source. One piece has been completed by the original artist, with the second piece being worked on by three other colleagues from the group. From the quilts themselves we can see the progression of ideas as each artist adds their own interpretation of the theme. The result is an exciting exhibition of thought-provoking hangings, which explore the theme within a broad spectrum.


The group comprises Penny Bicknell, Susan Chapman, Mary Hewson, Lyn Lambert, Janet McCallum, Grace Meijer, Christine Restall, Hilary Richardson, Lynne Seaman and Beverley Wood. Sadly, June Thorpe is no longer with us but we have invited Kate Dowty and Maggie Jarman to join us.


Contact Penny Bicknell for more details


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Springhead Cocktail, made by the whole group at our weekend retreat at Springhead, Fontmell Magna

By design have exhibited at the following:


The Scottish Quilt Show, Glasgow 2018

Fashion and Embroidery, NEC 2017 and 2018

West Country Quilt and Textile Show, UWE Exhibition Centre, Bristol, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Lymington Arts Festival 2016

Flying Geese Gallery DAW 2016

Haarlemermeer, Holland 2012 and 2014

Festival of Quilts NEC in 2005 and 2011

The Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, 2011

Quiltfest, Llangollen 2007 and 2011

Cowslip Workshops Launceston 2007 and 2010

Knitting & Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, Harrogate 2007

Carrefour du Patchwork, Ste Marie aux Mines, France 2006