CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLE COLLECTION. 6 of 8 quilts
Date 2019. Set of eight quilts. Set exhibited at: • Museum of the Great Southern, Albany Western Australia, 8-29 July 2018, which included NAIDOC week. Displayed as a component of WA Inspired Art Quilters’ Exhibition • Boddington Field of Quilts WA, 23 September 2018 Set sold at Boddington Field of Quilts.
Noongar people used fire for many domestic purposes including to cook food, warm and cheer themselves, illuminate their camps at night, and keep spirits at bay. They also hardened and charred wood for tools and weapons, and melted gum so it could be used to secure sharp quartz pieces on tools and weapons. Traditionally, they used fire to cauterise wounds and raise scars for body decoration. The smoking ceremony of welcome is a ritual that is still carried out. As well, understory was cleared with fire, which cleared pathways, flushed out animals for food and, over the centuries, encouraged the growth of plants that are fire tolerant or require fire for germination.
Materials and techniques: Aboriginal fabric, Plum Seeds designed by Kathleen Pitjara; machine applique, hand embroidery, hand and machine quilting.