Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Hanging by Threads

 Last year I made a Coral Reef quilt for the Victorian Quilters Inc. biennial art quilt prize, One Step Further. It is open to everyone in Australia and New Zealand. I don't need to remind anyone what 2020 was like, so of course the exhibition could not go ahead.

Fast forward twelve months later and we are still in lockdown. Luckily, the exhibition is on Kyabram which is in the regional area and their gallery is open and the exhibition is on at last.

Hanging by Threads©2020 Linda Steele

My quilt is called Hanging by Threads and it is mostly made of wool, with just the upper blue area in fabric.

I enjoyed the challenge of trying to make a coral reef out of wool. I made most of the coral using hand embroidery and then hand needle-felted some wool around the edges to attach it to the wool background.

Preparing the coral.

I also experimented with making coral a bit differently and did some big knots and straight stitches in wool and ribbon and then needle-felted it down to embed it into the fabric.

Making coral

Here is a couple of photos of the top section of the quilt, a healthy Coral Reef.

Then there is the middle panel, where the coral is just starting to deteriorate.

Finally, the bottom panel where the coral has bleached and there is no home for the fish.

Making a Coral Reef out of wool was a challenge, but I really enjoyed making it. I can't even remember why I thought of the idea now!

The exhibition opened last Friday and unfortunately, I missed out on a prize, but I hope to go and see the exhibition and prize winners before the exhibition closes on November 30th. 

Restrictions are supposed to start to ease on October 26th when the shops and hairdressers can open and from November 5th, we are allowed to see 10 family members at home if we are all vaccinated.   Melbourne has the unenviable reputation as the most locked down city in the world! 

Bye for now,



Robin said...

Wow! What a stunning work. Love the mixed media and the message.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you very much Robin, I really enjoyed making it and sometimes wonder why I don't do more work in wool.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love this piece Robin - such a story held within. I recently saw a documentary about the crisis situation that the coral reefs are facing and it was horrifying. You've told that story with this.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Magpie Mumblings, it was the documentaries that I saw that inspired this piece

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my word!!! I obviously hadn't had my morning coffee (or remembered to plug in my brain) and I called you Robin.....I KNOW your name is Linda!! I'm so very sorry!!!

Linda Steele said...

How funny, Magpie Mumblings, I knew it was just a mistake!