Quilting may have its roots in practical applications such as bedding, clothing and even early protective armour, but it also has a long history as an artform, with quilts as art being displayed in many of the world's most prominent museums and art galleries.
Perth will get a taste of quilting as an art form with a special exhibition to be held in the City over two weeks, hosted by the West Australian Quilters.
Featuring more than 80 quilts from some of Perth's top artists, they will be displayed in four categories: WOW, Australiana, Political/Social Statements and Portraits.
Two of the quilts on display are from award-winning artist Jan Rowe. Her piece entitled 'It Always Seems Impossible.....', a portrait of Nelson Mandela, took almost a year to complete using hundreds of small yoyo-like circles of fabric. As Jan says, 'a painter can mix the paints to create all the different shades necessary but a quilter has to carefully choose different pieces of fabric to achieve the same effect.' The quilt is named for one of Nelson Mandela's famous quotes but many of his lesser known quotes are stitched into the background.
Jan's second quilt is called 'High Rise Apartment With Garden View', inspired by all the colours and textures of the flowering cacti of the Sonoran desert in Springtime. It needs to be seen up close for the full effect, but it is created using many non-traditional yarns, sequins and embellishments to achieve the texture and give the plants a 3-D effect.
This is a free exhibition that is guaranteed to change your mind about quilting, with a diverse range of techniques, materials and styles. An artist in residence will be available each weekday between 11am and 2pm to answer questions about the incredible collection.