I finally made it to the Australiasian Quilt Convention (AQC) last week with Sconquester. I’ve tried to go for the last couple of years and been too busy with work, too late to organise but not so in 2011!
Travelling with Sconquester meant that while our aim was to get to the Convention and the Tutankahmun exhibition in our 3 day visit – we were so busy eating good food I began to worry I’d never get to the convention. If you want to know about the food you can check out Sconquester’s blog entries, especially this one http://sconquest.com/2011/04/22/melbourne-hotel-windsor-ancient-egyptian-high-tea/).
So, I finally got to the quilt convention on Sunday and I was pleased that I went to see the standard of work and the variety of ideas and techniques that are being applied and developed. It’s amazing that a craft that started as using scraps to make blankets can become such an art, and yet anyone with a sewing machine or a needle and thread can have a go at it and do it their own way.
There was exhibits by several artists I’d seen before at other exhibitions and I was particularly impressed with some of the work from around the rest of Australasia from artists who were new to me. So while you can view the winners list at PunchwithJudy’s blog, I’ve put a slideshow of my favourite on my website here https://sites.google.com/site/bertcollections/be-inspired . But I have to say that Ruth de Vos’ quilts were the stand-out winners for me.
Ruth’s quilts demonstrate fabulous designs, ingenious and meticulous quilting combined with a great balancing of realism and stylisation. To see more of Ruth’s beautiful artwork, check the photo gallery on her website at http://ruthdevos.com/#/page/6a70/eucalypts-in-focus/.
More to come from the AQC when I’ve had another look at the photos…