CollectionCelebrate the Culture of Australia's First People - Collection by Pat Forster
OwnerPrivate Collector
Location Western Australia
MakerPat Forster
Origin western-australia
Pattern Community Appliqué Contemporary Embroidered
Date2010-2019
Dimensions (H x W in cm)60cm x 40cm

History

CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLE COLLECTION. 2 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.

Life for Noongar people was moderated by objects in the sky. Day time was signalled by Venus rising and the sun’s position, longer periods (‘months’) by the moon, and seasons by star patterns. For navigation: direction was judged by sun up, sun down, highest point of the sun, star patterns, single stars, and directions between pairs of stars; distance/time intervals were ‘number of sleeps’, ‘number of full moons’, where counting, at least for some, was one to five, five plus one, five plus two … then number of hands and feet. Dreaming narratives of creation of the universe and spirit people were told through story, dance and art, and functioned as mnemonics for reading the sky. Songlines which incorporated the Dreaming functioned as mnemonics for navigating.

Description

Materials and techniques: Aboriginal fabric, Dancing Spirit designed by Colleen Wallace; hand applique, hand embroidery, hand and machine quilting.

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