2 Profiles

Meryl Baker:

Under the ‘Gladys Song thrush’ label I create items using recycled textiles. As a child I always begged any scraps of fabrics I could get hold of. This treasure, added to and hoarded over many years is now my collection from which I select textures and colours to make various projects. I love to bring new life to discarded cloths, be they off cuts, curtains or faded moth eaten embroideries, all are taken under my wing and put into the melting pot of my inspiration.

I haunt charity shops on the hunt for fabric, which speaks to me. These obviously come in all shapes and sizes, shirts, skirts, coats and candlewicks. My treasury once upon a time housed in a box now fills a room. My most favourite place, where the smell and feel of all these scraps inspire me to make an eclectic array of pieces. I love to make hats, every one of them assumes a character of its own, I think because of their sculptural quality they could be my favourite thing to make.

There’s jackets too built on a pyjama comfort, fastened with ceramic buttons made from wild and beautiful brocades lined with a zingy print from the 60's every thing built on an anything goes (if it goes) principle. Cushions, quilts, cards, purses, bags and throws are all part of my repertoire. Everything I hope reflecting my love of colour and commitment to recycling.

Meryl Baker

Textile Artist
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      26th July 1946 - 10th October 2013

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small purse recycled textiles


blue cushion
Meryl Baker liberty tana lawn hankie

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