Boddington Field of Quilts

The weather was doubtful but turned out fine so the annual ‘Field of Quilts’ was held outside, in the field next to Boddington Arts Centre. The organisers advertise for quilts each year and I sent some down (130km south of Perth), as did other guild members. No prizes are awarded but quilts can be for sale — I was lucky to sell two: ‘Colour Shape and Movement, and ‘Natures Bounty’. This capped off a good week for me – my art quilt ‘Bungle Bungles’ was purchased at a talk I gave, and I received a 1st (for Aerobics), three 2nds, and a 3rd place at the Virtual Perth Royal Show. Click on a photo to enlarge.

Bungle Bungles

Website rejuvenated

Was shamed into tidying up this website–friends have much swankier ones but I wanted to stay with WordPress so had to work out how to better do a few things! You might want to look at some of the ‘pages’ but, if not, do enjoy my two favorite-ever quilts, one made for my best and only grandchild (the Angels) and one for a great-niece (the dresses), patterns by Jan Mullen. Click on an image to enlarge.

Birmingham

So exciting, my Aerobics quilt wasn’t awarded the single prize in the Contemporary category of the virtual Birmingham Festival of Quilts but was short listed so will be in the book being published. Quilts in the category, including mine can be seen at

https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/beyond-foq-quilt-competitions/contemporary/

Other girls from the West Australian Quilters’ Association also had success–Julie McAllister, shortlisted for Traditional Quilts with ‘Fights of Fancy’, and Marilyn Clark Murphy shortlisted in The Quilters Guild Challenge. for her ‘300 Year Thread’.

Back from Broome

Am feeling energised after two weeks away! Lots of quilt plans! Good news is that a photo of my quilt ‘Crazy Quilt for a Crazy Time’ will appear in Sandra Siders book ‘Quarantine Quilts, Creativity in the Midst of Chaos’ (US publication). and ‘Isolation Log Cabin Variation 1′ will be featured in Quilters Companion Issue 105 and in the Quilters Companion 2021 Diary. A block from each quilt is shown below. I have made both for our guild’s Community Quilt Program. To top it off, ’10 Shades of Rhododendron with Seven Blooms intact’ has been purchased by a well known quilt collector for a ‘Great Australian Quilters’ series . ’10 Shades…’ can be seen under the ‘Hexagon’ tab.

 

Respect for Aboriginal people

I have just completed revising and expanding a booklet in which I recorded the research I did for a three-piece quilt set that I made for display in the Wirnda Barna Aboriginal Art Gallery during the Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest 2019. The booklet describes the quilts, and has reviews of published accounts of Aboriginal people’s conceptions of the Night Sky, Granite Outcrops and Water Management. You are welcome to download it. I believe that learning about Aboriginal culture can lead to understanding and respect.

.001Series 5 Celebrate 2 Cover Celebrate Aboriginal Culture Expanded and Revised

Alternatively, the reviews, without most of the photos, can be downloaded as three individual files

Review of Aboriginal Night Sky Conceptions, a Western Australian Focus uploaded 7 June 2020

Review of Aboriginal Culture in Relation to Granite Outcrops, a Western Australian Focus 29 April 2020

Review of Aboriginal Water Management, a Western Australian Focus 29 April 2020 with links to download images

 

 

Reconciliation Week

May 27 –  June 3.  May 3 was the day of the referendum in 1967, which led to our First People being recognised as Australians, rather than being governed under the fauna and flora act.  June 3 was the day of the High Court Mabo decision in 1992, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.

Quilt title: Celebrate the Culture of Australia’s First People, 2018, 90cm x 89cm

ForsterP Full

I made the quilt in the spirit of reconciliation through understanding–I did a lot of background reading. The quilt has Noongar Aboriginal names from Western Australia, common Australian names, and Ancient Greek names for star patterns and other night sky objects. The fabric of the spiral galaxy is ‘Seven Sisters in the Milky Way’ designed by Marlene Doolan. The galaxy block is original. The emu is copied from a public domain photo owned by Barnaby Norris and Ray Norris.

Text on the quilt, starting top left and rotating anticlockwise

– weijt   emu in the black spaces of the Milky Way signals seasons

– star maps guided navigation on the ground

– djinda djinda kanangor   twinle twinkle little star

– Danakat  Seven Susters  Pleiades

– Jundas campsite  Hyades

– Julagoling  Venus

– binnar  [meteor/comet/shooting star]

The above quilt was juried into the One Step Further Exhibition, Victorian Quilters Inc., 2019 but the exhibition gallery refused to hang it because I am not of Aboriginal heritage. I asked for it to be returned immediately to me and, soon after, it was purchased for a private collection. The triptych below addresses Aboriginal culture in relation to the night sky, granite outcrops and water management. Each quilt measures close to 80cm x 80cm. The set was hung in Wirnda Barna Aboriginal Art Gallery last year for the Mount Magnet Festival. Triptych selling price is $600. Extensive documentation in digital form accompanies the work. Email pat.forster@iinet.net.au