I had the pleasure of learning from Bob James last year. We talked often about how quilts are often seen as domestic craft and not a real art form. His dream was to take our work from the class and get it into a gallery showing. We never believed it would happen but it has. We got the call in December to finish up our art work and get it ready to hang!
"As a Quilter we see patterns in everything doors, buildings, floor tiles and in my case, I even recall pausing the TV, while watching Game Of Thrones, to take a picture of the stain glass star window in the grand hall! So why not a painting or photograph?" says Bob James!
Last year twenty quilters attended classes at Material Obsession, Drummoyne and My Sewing Supplies, Kirrawee for 10 months doing a course entitled “Abstraction - Colour and Design in Art Quilts” using a text by Rolina van Vliet, “Painting Abstracts”, edited by Search Press, for their inspiration.
Their final works are 1x1 metre abstract quilts, based on a painting from the book. These 20 quilts will be exhibited at Hazelhurst in February 2017. As well, there will be 9 quilts from Robyn Eves’ group of “ Whispers II”, where an original photograph inspires the first quilter and subsequent quilters take their inspiration from the previous quilter. At the end, it is interesting to see where the process has journeyed.
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
782 Kingsway Gymea.
February 11-21, 2017
Hope to see as many quilters as possible support fellow quilters and, perhaps, stop for coffee or lunch in the excellent cafe on site.
Rolina van Vliet has kindly allowed her images to be used. The quilt shown is taken from one of the images in the book.
Come along and meet the makers this Saturday from 1pm. See you there! k