It took me a while to sort out the artist statements and their associated pieces, random photography can be quick at the time but problematic later on. Not to mention the fact that all of my photographs seem to have a definite lean to them - seemed straight at the time - wonder if I stand lopsided? Hopefully the quilts speak for themselves and my hopeless photography doesn't detract too much.
St Andrew's College was the venue for a number of different exhibitions: Tutors Exhibition; Hoffman Challenge 2017; Aotearoa Quilters; Orange Challenge.
Aotearoa Quilters "Fragile"
|Golden Years by Sonya Prchal|
|Unknown Future by Kat Martin|
|Fragility of our Land by Donna Cumming|
|Broken but Beautiful by Julia Arden|
|"I wish for..." by Lynda Thrower|
|Blowing in the Wind by Gloria Scanlen|
|Gertrude by Sonya Prchal|
The Hoffman Challenge 2017
|Regal Cat by Clare Dixon|
|It's a bit lonely at the Top by Annie White|
|Best Overall: By the light of the Silvery Moon by Hayley Scott|
An owl, flying through the night, by the light of the silvery moon.
|Boat Sheds by Beverly Howe|
|Waitarere Sunset by Barbara Freeman|
|Tour de Reve by Kathy Grimson|
|Exploring with Sir Edmund Hillary by Melanie Martin|
|Venetian Evening by Sonya Prchal|
|Tranquillity by Sue Wademan, New Zealand|
This piece is a winter piece where the colours and simple format create a sense of quiet and calm that comes after the snow has fallen.
Many of my artworks like this have won awards over the last 20-years and are held in collections around the world.
This is the form of fabric collage I am teaching in my class at the NZ National Quilting Symposium in Christchurch in 2017.
Style: Fabric collage, framed behind museum glass that is reflection free.
|Remains of the Day by Lyric Kinard, USA|
In the end, what is left?
Time has fled.
The work is finished
Memory of light
The stillness of the dark.
Style: art quilt
|Wheat Field by Melissa Burden, New Zealand|
I have seen (and photographed) this quilt before - displayed in Houston in 2016 - and this time I got to see it closer to home.
|My Wabi Sabi by Julie Haddrick, Australia|
This self-portrait was created for a juried exhibition of the same title. Wanting to express my irreverent, non-traditional approach to quilt making and art textiles, I had painted the portrait fabric, splattering it with colour that seeped and ran down the face. Referencing a cheeky, freckled face that had enjoyed a life lived to the fullest. I added a textured feather to morph into my hair. This sari fabric, embellished with beads and screen printed fabrics not only added an applique, textural element, but illustrated one of my favourite collected items and personal symbols, the feather. The discarded, the insignificant, used and weathered. Beauty in decline. My wabi sabi.
Style: Wholecloth, hand painted fabrics using Kraftkolor fabric paints, Fabrico fabric pens on new and recycled materials, including cotton, silk, rayon and organza. Machine and hand-stitched / quilted, beaded and embellished.
|Sarah and Getty by Debbie Williams, New Zealand|
|Bitter Sweet by Clare Smith, New Zealand|
Materials: Cotton fabric and thread, fabric dye
Style: Contemporary quilt based on traditional Korean Pojagi
|Really Truly Blue by Jan Clark, Australia|
The birds represented here are (left to right): Variegated Fairy Wren, found coast to coast and central Australia; Superb Fairy Wren, from Eastern Australia; Splendid Fairy Wren, from central and Western Australia; White Winged Fairy Wren from central and Western Australia; Lovely Fairy Wren from the tip of Cape York.
This quilt is built in many layers, seen and unseen.
The background is dye painted in swirls. The next layer is the nest mono printed with print paste and grasses. The swirl is further embellished with overlays of dyed organza and laces.
The little birds are thread drawn onto lace and sewn down to the surface with tiny dots.
Style: Art quilt
|Structure #16 by Jane Dunnewold, USA|
Style: Mixed media quilt
|Fragility: Kina on Rangiputa by Mathea Daunheimer, New Zealand|
This quilt is created from coffee and tea dyed white cotton, painted with Derwent Inktense pencils, and densely quilted on my domestic machine.
Style: Art quilt
|Life Cycle - Albatross by Charlotte Yde, Denmark|
This quilt not only depicts the life cycle of the albatross but also addresses the issue of endangered species.
A lot of albatrosses are found dead because they have swallowed huge quantities of plastic floating around on the open sea, we ought to do something about all our waste.
Cotton and silk organza, deconstructed screen printing, oil paint sticks, digitally programmed stitched drawings, reflective thread, machine quilted.
Style: Modern quilt
|Licorice Allsorts by Chris Kenna, New Zealand|
Style: Art Quilt
|Pink Bird by Judy Coates Perez, USA|
This is a whole cloth quilt. The background is painted with acrylic inks on cotton fabric and the imagery is painted with textile paints. It is free motion quilted on a domestic sewing machine.
Style: Art Quilt
For these quilts my photographs of the artist statement were so bad (mainly out of focus) that I couldn't actually read them. I haven't included those quilts were I couldn't read (or remember) the tutor's name.
|ViVid by Helen Godden, Australia|
|Ode to New York by Hazel Foot, New Zealand|
|Daisy Paths Again by Deborah Louie, Australia|
|My Tangled Garden by Jenny Bowker, Australia|
And finally in putting this post together I have realised that I have a bit of a thing for Sonya Prchal. Of the quilts included in this post three are by Sonya.