Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Meet the Artist Thursday 25 February: Rachaeldaisy & Judi Nikoleski





Each Thursday throughout The New Quilt exhibition, apart from 1 April, an artist (or two!) will be in attendance at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 1-3pm. This week the artists are Rachaeldaisy Dodd and Judi Nikoleski:

  • When: 1-3pm Thursday 25 February
  • Where: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre (Top Floor) 300 George St Windsor
  • Access: Walking distance from Windsor Railway Station. Free undercover parking is available for 47 cars in the Deerubbin Centre car park. Free on-street parking in surrounding streets. Please check parking restrictions.

This is a free event. Bookings are recommended but you are welcome to just drop in. Book via Eventbrite









Sunday, 21 February 2021

Our Environment: 2020 Suitcase Challenge





A highlight of yesterday’s annual general meeting was the premiere of the 2020 Suitcase Challenge Our Environment. Each quilt is 40cm x 40cm. Congratulations to the prize winners. First prize is a BERNINA sewing machine supported by BERNINA Australia
  •  FIRST PRIZE: Me and Murphy by Sheila Beer 
  •  SECOND PRIZE + VIEWERS CHOICE (tied): Mulga Burning by Linden Lancaster 
  • THIRD PRIZE + VIEWERS CHOICE (tied): Landlines by Jill Rumble 
  • JUDGES’ COMMENDATION: Renewal by Brenda Gael Smith 

Bernina Australia
The judges were Lisa Walton, Rhonda Langhorne and Barbara Gower.  Viewers' Choice was determined via an online poll that was open to all current QuiltNSW members to vote in.

View all 31 entries with artist credits and statements on the QuiltNSW website.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Meet the Artist Thursday 18 February: Sophie Conolly


Each Thursday throughout The New Quilt exhibition, apart from 1 April, an artist (or two!) will be in attendance at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 1-3pm. 

This week is Sophie Conolly and her installation artwork Tuck Me In. The quilt is made from precious papiers d’agrumes (fruit tissue paper wrappers) and the paper mach√© soft toy “seal” is made from old tea bags. Learn more about her inspiration and process on Thursday.

  • Who: Sophie Conolly www.sophieconolly.com
  • When: 1-3pm Thursday 18 February
  • Where: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre (Top Floor) 300 George St Windsor
  • Access: Walking distance from Windsor Railway Station. Free undercover parking is available for 47 cars in the Deerubbin Centre car park. Free on-street parking in surrounding streets. Please check parking restrictions.


This is a free event. Bookings are recommended but you are welcome to just drop in. 
Book via Eventbrite




 





Sunday, 14 February 2021

Meet the Artist Zoom Event: Thursday 18 February 2021

QuiltNSW invites you to the Meet the Artist Zoom Event from 7-8.30pm Thursday 18 February 2021 (Sydney time). Twelve artists from The New Quilt exhibition will share the background to their artworks followed by an open Q&A session. All Welcome! Book online: Meet the Artist Zoom Event

The participating artists are:  Fiona Gavens, Neroli Henderson, Irene Koroluk, Jill Miglietti, Alison Muir, Lorraine Parker, Beth & Trevor Reid, Brenda Gael Smith, Carolyn Sullivan, Tania Tanti, Lisa Walton and Jessica Wheelahan. 


PS: The Zoom event will also be recorded with a view to publishing an edited version on the QuiltNSW YouTube channel at a later date.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Miss Grace's Quilt by Sophia Wilbow on display

In conjunction with The New Quilt, the heritage quilt, Miss Grace’s Quiltby Sophia Wilbow of Pitt Town, Windsor (1829–1924) will be on display.

 

Sophia Wilbow was well-known for her needlework skills in the Hawkesbury district and reputedly made a quilt for each of her seven daughters who reached adulthood. Three of the quilts are still in existence. Miss Grace's Quilt was is made entirely by hand using a paper template technique with a tumbling block design.


The outer border of patches is made from the off-cuts of nurses uniforms, as two of the Sophia’s daughters were nurses. The other squares were made from material samples from department stores such as Anthony Horden & Sons, as was characteristic in the late 19th century and early 20th century trends, creating quilts with complex patterns.


The quilt was donated to the Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community and Regional Gallery by a Wilbow descendant Joyce Hedges.




Miss Grace's Quilt (detail)

 

Another of Sophia’s quilts, held in the National Gallery of Australia collection, was created for her youngest daughter Jane. It has a hexagon pattern containing more than 7,000 pieces with a print based on a design by William Morris. It is believed Sophia worked on the quilt while she sat at the side of her dying husband who suffered a long illness prior to his death in 1896.


Quilting Basics Workshop

To complement the display of Grace's Quilt, QuiltNSW is hosting an English Paper Piecing (EPP) workshop at the Gallery, presented by Sandra Lyons, on Saturday 6 March.

A kit is included in the fee for this two-hour workshop. If you are interested in learning this basic quilt-making skill, book your place now. For full details and to book, visit here. 


The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 6 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.  

Friday, 5 February 2021

Suitcase Challenge 2020: Vote for Your Viewers' Choice!



There are 31 entries for the 2020 QuiltNSW Suitcase Challenge
Our Environment

An online poll has been set up to enable current QuiltNSW members to vote for the Viewers’ Choice virtually rather than attending the Annual General Meeting in person.

Select your viewers’ choice and then submit. The poll closes at 8pm on Thursday 18 February. 

The results will be collated and announced at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 20 February. It will be followed by an online gallery which will include details of the makers of each quilt. 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

The New Quilt exhibition dates



 IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION

The New Quilt exhibition will open to the public at 10 am on SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2021 at Windsor NSW. (There is no admission on Friday 5 February.)

Plan an art excursion!

Gallery hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm.
Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Jessica Wheelahan

 


Name of Artwork: The MMXX Quilt

Jessica Wheelahan lives and works in Sydney, Australia where she loves to create quilts utilising improv techniques. Jessica has created using textiles as her medium of choice for the past ten years and has exhibited globally. 

Prior to this time Jessica enjoyed collage and printmaking, having studied design at the University of New South Wales and was introduced to textiles while she worked in the fashion design studio of Akira Isogawa. 

Jessica takes inspiration from a diverse range of sources including, art, design, fashion and pop culture. She always has more than one quilt underway at any given time and appreciates having time and space to let each work develop as required. 

Sewing is a non-negotiable part of Jessica's day to day routine and it is in this way that her ínimitible artful improv quilts come to life. Jessica has had the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and designers which she feels grateful for as the experience tends to enrich her classroom teaching practice. Jess lives with her supportive husband and two beautiful children in a lovely home abundant with quilts.




Jessica Wheelahan online: Instagram


The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 6 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.