Did you hear the announcement of the winner of the 14 Annual Brother International Quilting Contest for Australia last month?
The Australian entries were judged late last year in Sydney, and I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel. There was an amazing array of quality artworks which made the decision all the harder. In the end we awarded first prize to Dale Robson of West Wollongong, NSW for her quilt Black Tide. The work was inspired by the sight of black oil spilling across the Great Barrier Reef, creating the contrast between beauty and destruction.
Dale said, “There are a number of ecological threats to the wide variety of life supported by the Great Barrier Reef; this quilt represents just one. Over the last 3 decades there have been 283 oil spills in its waters, damaging the delicate ecosystem of the reef. Let’s protect our precious reef against the “black tide” so we can enjoy its beauty well into the future. Black Tide is a whole cloth quilt constructed on hand painted cotton sateen with a collage of fabrics, textiles and yarns. The oil spill is represented by black vinyl and metallic thread.”
The top 10 Australian quilts were chosen to join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest.The overall winner of the competition will be announced by Brother shortly.
The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother HQ in Japan for the Asia Pacific region designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt; the theme is inspired by Brother Earth which is Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future.