Royal Show Postscript

I have had a few emails wanting me to send a pic of the quilt that won the sash. Had hoped to put it in QuiltWest and therefore not have the pic plastered around, but have now decided I had better get my act together and make something else for QuiltWest.

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Twelve Shades of ?   Best Exhibit in Patchwork Quilting, and 1st for Patchwork Quilting-Predominantly Applique.

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Four Patch Variation, 1st Machine Embroidery

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Perth Royal Show

Ross Ellis and I (Contemporary Quilt Groupees) both won sashes and first prizes at the show. Ross received the ‘Best Free Machine Embroidery by Western Australia Embroiderer’ sash, and first prizes for Machine Embroidered Garment,  and Patchwork Quilted Article. I received the sash for ‘Best Exhibit in Patchwork Quilting’ and first prizes for Patchwork Quilting-Predominantly Applique, and Machine Embroidery-Any Article. I had three other entries that scored lesser prizes. I’ll put them here (blue cushion cover, Xmas mat, quilt) because otherwise they probably won’t see the light of day. I really like the quilt but stuffed up getting the stripes on each side aligned.

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Noongar Aboriginal Astronomy

Life for Noongar people was moderated by objects in the sky. Day time was signalled by Venus rising and position of the sun, longer periods (‘months’) by the moon, seasons by star patterns. For navigation: direction was judged by sun up, sun down, highest point of the sun, star patterns, single stars, and directions between pairs of stars; distance/time intervals were ‘number of sleeps’,  ‘number of full moons’, where counting, at least for some, was one to five, five plus one, five plus two … then number of hands and feet.  Dreaming narratives of creation of the universe and spirit people were told through story, dance and art, and functioned as mnemonics for reading the sky.  Songlines which incorporated the Dreaming functioned as mnemonics for navigating. (8th and last quilt in a series and my favorite)

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Noongar Aboriginal Seasons

The six seasons are signaled by: the night sky; the weather – dry and hot, hottest, cooler, coldest and wettest, wet days and clear nights, longer dry periods; quality and length of daylight; landscape – parched, recovering, green; animal stages – adults nesting and protecting,  newborns and young;  plant stages – flowering, ripening, mature fruits and roots. In response, Noongar people changed location between the ‘coast, estuaries, rivers’, ‘lakes and swamps’ and ‘inland’; changed the predominant foods in their diet – fish or kangaroo for protein, roots and seeds (particularly zamia) for carbohydrate; instituted protection – huts and cloaks in the cold and wet, plant based sunscreen and insect repellent; and instituted a fire regime.

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Noongar Aboriginal Astronomy

Have read  a lot to try and find out about Noongar Astronomy. I found out some interesting things which I have put in a doc Aboriginal Culture, Astronomy text no images . Also had Jim out with his camera to take photos of the sculptures at Perth Airport T1 by Penelope Forlano, and we are off to see artworks at the Gravity Centre, Gingin next week. A quilt is planned!

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L. Orion (in the Dreaming the belt is three women elders)

R. Pleiades (the Seven Sisters)

Poster quilts well received

My ‘Aboriginal Poster Quilts’ are attracting positive responses at the WA Inspired Exhibiton in Albany, even in the local Albany paper:

https://www.pressreader.com/australia/albany-advertiser/20180712/281883004106451

Just in case you are interested, the link below is for the booklet that contains early settler quotations that motivated the quilts.

Quilt Posters Quotations Booklet

I am working on two more posters to complete the set–one on Noongar Astronomy and the other on Noongar seasons. My friend Liz tracked down some great fabric for the background of the astronomy one.

https://aboriginalfabrics.com.au/shop/seven-sisters-black

 

 

 

Exhibiting in Albany!

WA Inspired Art Quilters, of which I am a member, are presently exhibiting their quilt set ‘Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ at the Museum of the Great Southern, Albany. The group was offered more space than needed, so I was offered the chance to also hang my six Aboriginal Culture quilts. They are in a small, well-lit room with a slideshow prepared by Meg Cowey playing continuously, showing wetland scenes and wetland themed quilts. So I am smiling. I took the opportunity while in Albany this week to visit the Aboriginal fish traps (weirs) near there–4500 years old. Amazing, and I am doubly pleased since fish traps are mentioned on one of my quilts.DSC08084

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Good news

My quilt set that celebrates Noongar Traditional Culture has been accepted for the National Quilt Register and will be featured in the next issue of Down Under Textiles. Each quilt measures approximately 40cm x 60cm. At the moment they are being exhibited in the Western Australian Museum Albany for NAIDOC week and the rest of July, along with WA Inspired’s ‘Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses’ quilts.