It is with great delight (and excitement), that I can announce that my quilt “Songlines” has been selected for Brenda Gael Smith’s ‘A Matter of Time’ Textiles Exhibition.
The inspiration, and subsequently the dedication, came from the amazing communities and teachers of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.
The following is the my artist’s statement (in case you were wondering how it linked to the theme!). This week I will write a short post of how the quilt was made and the techniques I used…surprise, surprise I actually took some photos during the making…
(Dedicated to the teachers and communities of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy)
Time, in Aboriginal society, exists in a vertical relationship rather than in a horizontal sense. The past, present and future are all bound in the eternal ‘now’ of the Dreaming. Time is not viewed in isolation but has an interconnectedness with the past and with the future. Everything that happens ‘in time’ has eternal implications and is elaborately interconnected. Songlines are used to explain these connections.
My songline dreams of the day all Australians are connected harmoniously, and when the elder’s ancient songs are embraced, treasured and passed on, to a tolerant, united Australia – it’s just a Matter of Time.
Brief overview of techniques:
The elder is made entirely of thread and is appliqued onto the background. The ‘circles’ in the songlines are appliqued and painted. The ochre connecting lines and the yellow ‘campsites’ or ‘resting places’ are also made as separate thread pieces which have been appliqued onto the quilt. The background is free motion quilted using silver and a variegated thread.