Reflections on a saline land

I am currently reading a book on Craftactivism and it discusses what people across the World do with their handmade work to raise passionate awareness on issues or ideas. Since 1993 my textile work has focussed on fresh & salt water and the environment; my commentary on aquatic environments.

With this textile work my targetted comments came to the surface through frustration with the political systems across three states and the Commonwealth that would not address the large water lung that our country families rely upon for their livelihood; The Murray Darling basin and it is still not resolved or providing the satisfactory solutions for most!

Conversely 'Reflections on a saline Land' is in a local government collection and raised funds for the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000.

The work can be seen in the Collections section of this website

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Coastal title

The current impact of Cyclone Marcia in Queensland and Lam in Arnemland Northern Territory Australia are topical examples of the environment and especially the sea eroding the land massses around the planet.

In Australia 80% of the population lives within 50 kilometres of the coast in a shrinking land mass; the alternative is the harsh dry continent of the interior.

Coastal title is illustrated in the Private Collection of my website

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Environment in detail

We have all heard recently 'the devil is in the detail' and the environment is no exception. The way the Aboriginal community sees their role as custodians of the environment is noteworthy when Western democracies take and dont maintain this delicate resource. Dr Brian Cox recently explained in his series on the planet that Man is heading for extinction and is only making the journey faster by not looking after the Earth.

 

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Reflections of a Coastal dweller

I recently read a fascinating book titled 'Blue Mind' which discusses the calming refreshing and invigorating qualities of an ocean or water view and its medicinal qualities. Research has also shown we crave blue as we age; blue denim is a point in case.

The start of my passion for water and the aquatic environment was with this work. An illustration is found in the Private Collection Gallery on my website

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David's Burbery tie quilt

Made over a 2 year period this traditional quilt has the central diamond constructed from 5 cm squares of Burbery tie samples from 1989. David found the discarded garbage bag in the building stairwell where we both worked. The borders are silk tafetta for the sheen and density of cloth and the whole piece of work is machine quilted in traditional Amish ropes & feathers with small grided ground. The silk tafetta has not worn well and suffered from the strong Australian sun. This is the most traditional piece of work I have made and the quilt won Second Prize for Machine Quilting on a traditional amchine at the 1991 Quilter's Guild of NSW Show.

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Dust Storm

In the same year as The Southerly, 1986 I made the 'Dust Storm' after a road to Gilgandra with my husband David to visit his family on the Land. The dust covers and invades everything yet details are still visible in the mailstrom. To make the work I used discontinued commercial cotton samples from my Interior Design work and developed a block pattern that would allow various shades of the samples to be used in the 1 piece.

Dust Storm was judged Best of Show in the Hunters Hill Quilt Show 1986 by Sydney painter the late John Coburn. The work is in a private collection

In 1987 'Sand Dune' was selected for the first Quilters Guild of NSW travelling suitcase exhibition entitled 'Australian Quilts; the people and their art'. The design explores the transition from traditional blocks to untraditional shapes and shapes much as the sand dunes shape and reshape the coast of our Land.

Sand Dune along with the majority of works in the travelling suitcase is part of the Powerhouse Museum collection of social history.

In the recent press the community is gearing up for the harsh impact of Spring & Summer weather on the land and sea, no different to nearly 30 years ago. Now we know that climate is affected by what Man does to the planet

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The Southerly

The Southerly

The first textile work I designed was a commission for the mother of a friend; The Southerly was designed and made to celebrate the southerly coming up the coast and was displayed in a bedroom facing north at the southern end of Bondi Beach.The work used traditional blocks to show the landscape of sky, cloud and sea and the juxta position of calm & turmoil in water colours

At the same time as the work was being made my husband & his sister were nursing their terminally ill father. During the day while I was at work they stitched pieces of textile that I had cut and pinned the previous day and the construction of something new provided purpose.

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Why the Aquatic environment

Finally the need to discuss 'why aquatic environments' has taken over my fear of writing rather than drawing or creating textiles

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