This quilt is made using an improvisational patchwork technique that challenges the notion of what a quilt is and what it can be used for. Viewed within a contemporary fine art context, this quilt becomes an object of aesthetic beauty and tactility; however its association with utility. language and history cannot be ignored.
By using instructions passed down to me by a previous generation of women who quilted, I have developed my own instructional framework that draws upon folklore, spoken histories and handed-down practical skills. Here I explore notions of feminism and symbolism within textile based work and the important role such objects of utility can play to develop a new visual language that can link people to their past, present and future.
The top is made with flax linen that I hand dyed over a number of days with avocado stones and the back is a gorgeous vintage printed cotton. The quilt is hand tied with wool and linen yarn.
This is intended to be displayed as a wall hanging and therefore not for practical use.
85cm x 81 cm