CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLE COLLECTION. 7 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.
The six seasons are signalled by: the night sky; the weather - dry and hot, hottest, cooler, coldest and wettest, wet days and clear nights, longer dry periods; quality and length of daylight; landscape - parched, recovering, green; animal stages - adults nesting and protecting, newborns and young; plant stages – flowering, ripening, mature fruits and roots. In response, Noongar people changed location between the ‘coast, estuaries, rivers’, ‘lakes and swamps’ and ‘inland’; changed the predominant foods in their diet – fish or kangaroo for protein, roots and seeds (particularly zamia) for carbohydrate; instituted protection – huts and cloaks in the cold and wet, plant-based sunscreen and insect repellent; and instituted a fire regime.
Materials and techniques: Aboriginal fabric, Roots and Seeds designed by Rosemary Pitjara; machine applique, hand embroidery, hand and machine quilting