Create, because you can’t help yourself
She needed a new project like a hole in the head, but the siren call of a looming exhibiton deadline is apparently too strong to resist. So with two and a half weeks until D-day, she threw caution to the wind and frantically gathered together scraps and snippets of fabric from the furthest reaches of the studio. “I'll hand quilt it”, she said. “I'll sit in my rocker and spend many peaceful hours gently stitching together the layers of fabric. It'll be the most relaxing thing I've done all year”, she said. “No hunching over the sewing machine forcing mounds of fabric through with tired and aching arms.”
And to this day you will find her hunched over the dining table, pulling the blunt needle through the layers of fabric with a pair of pliers and muttering about bruised fingers and aching hands.
P.S. I love that there are hints and snippets of art quilts forming in the studios of so many of my fellow Australian artists. I've noticed that Lucy Carroll, Brenda Gael Smith, Sue Dennis and Jenny Bowker are all busy on new art quilts. No one has specifically mentioned that they are entering this exhibiton, but I'm hopeful that at least some of these wonderful projects will appear in the exhibition!