Barb Mortell is a textile artist who has been making colourful studio quilts for over twenty years.
Barb remembers spending every waking minute of her childhood making things. She often misbehaved and got sent to her room, just so she could quietly create little creatures out of peanuts and felt and glue.
As soon as she could reach the “go” pedal of her mother’s sewing machine, she started to sew. Barb meandered through art school, weaving and textile courses, costuming for film and theatre, retailing fabric, and upholstery work to end up as a quiltmaker, combining her love of colour, texture, craftsmanship, history and art. The quilts she makes now are pieced and quilted one by one, with the help of her beloved sewing machine, and are all original designs which develop as they are being constructed. She loves to combine colourful and visually exciting fabrics and finds inspiration in the accidental friendships that occur in the collision of unexpected bits of patchwork. Her quilts are functional and are made to add art to a bed, but are just as happy to hang on a wall.