Iris Gowen has lived and travelled in four continents over the past fifty years. Her quilts are designed and constructed of fabrics found and collected. Individually they speak of locations, collectively they work together to create worlds and images which explore boundaries between unlikely combinations.
Iris manipulates fabrics by making associations, the juxtaposition of thai silks against african prints, each fabric has its own history and story, and placing it in a new context gives potential new meaning to the whole. Her wall quilts are predominately of silk, she also makes bed and blanket quilts which feature asian and african printed cottons.