Albany welcomed us with fine weather for the opening of our ‘Whadjuk Noongar Country: Wetlands Glimpses’ exhibition. Stella King and Liz Humphreys traveled down first to hang the quilts. They complemented the quilt display with dried specimens of banksia and other plants and fresh native flowers, and made the slide show prepared by Meg Cowey play continuously. The exhibit fitted well with other NAIDOC week events. It remains in Albany till July 29, then will be in the City of Perth library, near the entrance, August 21-November 8.
WA Inspired are off to Albany for our exhibition opening of ‘Whadjuk Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ on Monday, at the Museum of the Great Southern, 2pm. The museum is using our quilt exhibit, and Aboriginal wooden art works, to launch NAIDOC week. Come if you are down there! Stella and Liz are already at the museum for the installation. It has been a busy time organising labelling, gathering artifacts to complement the display, and promoting our work. We had a nice feature in the recent Great Southern Weekender. Stella’s ‘Maali (Swan)’ quilt and Meg’s frogs on her ‘Djeran (Autumn) Abundance’ quilt (see below) have been attracting ‘likes’ on social media.
We are excited about our new quilt set ‘Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses’, comprising 16 small art quilts. The set has attracted attention even before being exhibited – so far we have negotiated four display spaces.
We will launch the set in July in Albany. Why then and there? July includes NAIDOC week so our celebration of Aboriginal culture through the quilts is apposite; and Albany is Noongar country and has lots of wetlands. So if you are in Albany visit:
Museum of the Great Southern, Regency Rd, Albany, July 8-29.
Our other exhibition spaces are:
City of Perth Library, Hay St, in the display cabinets at the entrance, August 21 – November 19.
World Wetlands Day Conference, Cockburn Wetlands Centre, February 2019
Australasian Quilt Convention, March 2019.
We will be offering floor talks and/or presentations at each venue: watch this space for details! The luscious colours in the new heading of this blog are an indication of what is in store – the image is the lower part of a wetlands quilt by Meg Cowey.
This morning (March 14) we had another opportunity to display our Balbuk quilts–this time with Powerpoint slides, but never-the-less the quilts seemed to be appreciated by the Matilda Bay Rotary Group. Also the educational and reconciliation outcomes of the Balbuk project.
We are winding up now for the launch of our new quilt set on Wetlands with Noongar connections. Will advertise where you will be able to see them once the venues are finalised!
WA Inspired Art Quilters had fun ‘animating’ the Machines and Makers Exhibition at Wireless Hill Museum last Sunday (January 7). We organised machine and hand sewing demonstrations, and a sun dying workshop. Visitors were interested and we enjoyed talking with them. The sun dying was a real success!
Sewing inside the museum
We are on a new project making art quilts with a wetlands theme. We are looking for venues to display them so if you have any ideas please respond to this post with a comment! We had a lot of fun in 2017, and hope to sustain this! In summary we exhibited our:
- Balbuk’s Country quilts in the City of Perth library as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival
- Balbuk’s Country quilts in the small quilts category at QuiltWest
- Primary Production, and Salt, Scheme, Strata and Sand quilts at Mundaring Arts Centre
- Salt and Strata quilts in a special groups display at the NZ Quilt Symposium
We also had luck with magazine articles:
- Down Under Textiles, Issue 28, pp. 65-67, Balbuk’s Country, feature article.
- Down Under Textiles, Issue 29, pp. 62-66, Contemporary Artistry, feature article, Primary Production Series
- Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 27, no 2, pp. 46-47, Themed Quilts by WA Inspired (Goldfields pipeline), feature article
- Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Bush Tucker, Vol 27, no 12, pp. 78-79, showcase article, in press.
- Australian Patchwork and Quilting, How Would You Interpret ‘Strata’? feature article, Vol 28, no 3, in press.
- Textile Fibre Forum, Interpreting Sand as a Quilt Theme, feature article, Issue 129 in press.
First off in 2018, we will be at Wireless Hill Museum, ‘animating’ the Machines and Makers’ exhibition on January 7, 12-4. The animation will comprise sun-dying and stitching. Come and talk to us if you are over that way–Wireless Hill is a nice place for a picnic.
Our group was given space to exhibit quilts at a special exhibition at the symposium, with five other groups. We were very lucky with the spot that we were allocated–in good light at the entry. We took eight quilts from the Salt and Strata series and put up posters with photos of other quilts in those series. Denise and Pat attended and enjoyed many conversations with people who viewed the quilts and who appreciated the strong colours in them. A challenge for us now is to produce eye-catching quilts for a new series–we are working on it!
We have been enjoying a break after our exhibition efforts. A quilt-set in a new theme has been started! In the meantime w’ere providing a mosaic of our ‘Strata’ quilts’–mosaics are a new trick we have learnt, but we don’t know how to control which picture goes where.
Five of our WA Inspired group entered and had works accepted for the juried stitched and bound 2017 exhibition: Hilary Arber, Liz Humphrey, Roberta Chantler, Meg Cowey and Pat Forster. Hilary’s quilt ‘Beach Drift’ has been featured on the promotion for the exhibition including on the cover of the catalogue, with great effect.We enjoyed a delightful day yesterday giving short floor talks about our quilts, together with other exhibitors.
Beach Drift by Hilary Arber
The quilts in our Mundaring exhibition are now down and packaged for buyers, or safely stored. The next outing for some of them is the NZ Symposium in Christchurch, NZ in October. WA Inspired will exhibit with four other groups at a very nice venue ‘The Piano’ during the symposium. This blog will go quiet now as we are having a rest till September.