It was created at a time when I was making quilts, cushions, the techniques, design and construction reference that. I was embarking on textile works which were on a larger scale and using bolder quilting patterns (in contrast to the softer ripple quilting designs of my earlier botanical waistcoats, bags, cushions (as featured in Crafts July/August 1978).
This is the only garment I have made which expresses that direct relationship between the quilts, cushions and screens of 1980-81. Quilt making gave me a new freedom to use the airbrush and quilting in different dimensions; this garment was made soon after the small quilt…the garment’s structure, colours and patterns pursue similar themes.
…during 1981 I was being influenced by images of Japanese painted screens and the flora of Japan and China, in contrast to English countryside flowers e.g. honeysuckle and rose...
It is only now, following the acquisition by the Crafts Council for their collection, that I can be objective in recognising the creative context of the work and the significance of the piece.
As my work moved into quilts during 1981... it gave me another perspective on directions for my fashion pieces...a bolder, more inventive approach and style was energising my work, influenced by my interior textiles. The ‘Tree Peony Trellis’ was created at a time when I was exploring with these new ideas for fashion pieces, stimulated also by invitations to exhibit my work.
It is the only fashion textile piece which was made, inspired from a series of sketches (1981) which references design/techniques linked with my quilt making.
Sue Rangeley, 27 July 2018