Taking One Step Further

The opening of the 2009 One Step Further exhibition

For the past 2 years Always Quilting has, on behalf of Aurifil threads,  been a proud sponsor of the “One Step Further” exhibition presented by Victorian Quilters Inc.   I think that Aurifil’s range of beautiful textile art threads is perfectly matched with this exhibition, where the artist /craftsperson is encouraged to take their skills, using threads & fabric, one step further.

Susan Cunningham alongside her piece, Landmarks 3, the winner of the Aurifil prize as runner up in the Large Quilt category.

Congratulations to Susan Cunningham, the winner of  the Aurifil prize for her piece “Landmarks 3” .  This quilt, entered in the Large  Quilt category, was inspired by marks left on the landscape by the  bushfires near Stawell in 2008. Susan used digital imagery, overlays and thread to create a very intriguing and tactile piece.

There were many interesting pieces in this exhibition that made the viewer want to get up “close & personal” to try to work out how the effect had been achieved. I fell in love with a piece by Jenny Bacon, the winner of the 2008 Aurifil prize, so I am now the happy owner of  “In the Night Garden #2, When the Blackbird Sings”.

"When the Blackbird Sings" by Jenny Bacon

A close up view of "When the Blackbird Sings" showing the wonderful texture that Jenny created with close stitching using Cotton Mako'

Heather & I had driven from Melbourne, for the day, so we had much discussion on the way home about which pieces fitted our personal ideas about “taking one step further” and why particular pieces appealed.  One of the added values of a textile art exhibition, such as this, is the “controversy” and discusion that is generate because each individual has a different view as to what “one step further” means, and as always, the 2009 exhibition lived up to expectations. 

The exhibition runs from 21 November until 13 December (Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm) at the Central Goldfields art Gallery, Neill St, Maryborough, Victoria.