I was pleased to also view a collection of Ruth Stoneley's quilts in Brisbane last Saturday. Long an admirer of her work, I appreciated the opportunity to see many of her pieces displayed together.
The quilt featured on the exhibition catalogue (above) is Mystery, made in 1984.
Ruth was an influential Australian quilt maker, especially in Brisbane where she taught and opened her store, Patchwork Supplies, in 1983.
She made several pieces that resonated with me, especially It's not all sweetness and light in 1983. I remember seeing it a couple of years after that and being captivated (photo of the quilt is here). Thirty years later, it is still a quilt that I adore.
When I visited the Festival of Quilts in England in 2009, I was excited to pick up promotional material for a huge quilt exhibition the V&A Museum was going to hold. Sadly for me, it wouldn't start until 2010. Two trips to England in consecutive years was just not possible for me. I made the best of it and bought the accompanying book instead.
You can imagine how excited Australian quilters were when we discovered that a small collection of these quilts would be on display here in 2013.
The exhibition didn't have a huge number of quilts and I had seen photos of most of them, but it was so
informative being able to get close to them. So much detail that isn't clear in photos was wonderfully 'alive'. It was so rewarding to see them in real life.
These are my photos of the banners outside the gallery. Wonderful. The exhibition closes on 22 September. If you can't get there, treat yourself to the accompanying book (currently out of print, but being reprinted) and watch the videos that complement some of the quilts in the exhibition. I feel so enriched for having seen these amazing textiles that are full of history.
* Taronga Wild! Rhinos project has 75 life-size blank rhino sculptures
to be creatively enhanced to make a world-class sculpture trail across Sydney and Dubbo, NSW. Designs can be from fine art to graffiti, new
media to mosaic, embroidery to metalwork. Entries close 23 August.
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A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I wanted to make a name tag to wear at craft-related events. I haven't made mine yet, but some lovely readers have sent photos of their name tags to inspire us all.