Saturday, 27 March 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
We were very pleased with the numbers that attended the Parliament House NSW exhibion. If we didn't exactly fill the 100 seat auditorium twice we did manage an enthausiastic and interested audience.
It's hard to believe but after more than two years from conception our exhibition is winding to a close. There are only one more exhibition in Dungog and one talk at the Embroiderers' Guild Victoria.
Friday, 10 July 2009
At 11am on 17/7 and 24/7 there will be a free, one hour, illustrated talk and discussion in the Parliamentary Theatrette. This will be about the history of the wagga, the background to the exhibition and the stories collected along the way.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Mary and her husband, Tony deliver the works to Parliament House. The day has finally arrived we all have our visitor passes to go down to the dock to pick up the works. But Mary and Tony find us having coffee and take them up to the exhibition space.
Gina Sirabella, our curator, is undaunted by a blank space.
Starting to take shape
Are three opinions better than one?
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Cynthia Harvey Baker contacted us to tell us about her exhibition in Western Australian that also takes it's inspiration from the wagga. She tells us that her exhibition will be on from July 4 - 16. This exhibition includes 9 old waggas she has collected and are the inspiration for her works. It looks like a terrific display and a couple of us were tempted to go but its on at the same time as ours and we are otherwise occupied...
CWA Cotton Australia Environmental Awards 2008 winner Lynette Trupp
During our talk at Parliament House we met Lynette Trupp who won the 2008 CWA award from 33 entrants. She also gained a highly commended for another work. A great quilt made from suitably worn soft checked shirts. A most deserving winner.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
See the post below for details about the free talks that are on July 17 and 24 at 11 am.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
WRAP was very pleased to make a submission to Down Under Quilts and were even more pleased to see the four page spread with the beautiful images taken by WRAP member, Gina Sirabella. As a bonus and suprise we are mentioned on the cover! This magazine is now in stores.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Nessie Pratten from the Glass House Mountains, Qld, saw an article in Textile Fibre Forum and wrote to tell us about the waggas she is still making.
Late last year we exhibited our preliminary works at St Vincent’s Art Corridor and this email arrived from Valray Silverlock, Perth, … she wrote: for the second time in my life I’m feeling sorry that I did not keep my mother’s quilts that had been made of “off cuts of serge”. Her son had rung her in Perth after seeing the quilts and the stories.
The next letters and emails were a result of the article in The Senior Publication: Peter McAlingy wrote to us from Forbes and it was from him that we first learned about the term bag wagga. He tells of joining bags together in the bush with fencing wire as that was all they had.
We also had a card from Daphne Turner of Rosebud, Victoria, who also wrote of the bag wagga (opened out oat bags sewn together) in the days of horse and dray.
Dorothy Holten, Parkdale, Vic, told us of a a wagga her husband’s grand mother had made of silk knitted men’s ties – it was very heavy, like sleeping under a cement block. We were thrilled to receive this letter because Robin had been to the Quilter’s Barn at Loch and was shown their collection of old quilts which coincidentally now includes the wagga Dorothy wrote to us about.
Eileen Raphael, Parkdale Victoria, emails of a wagga for the beach house made from overcoats and scraps of dresses.
Sally Donnellan ex Ganmane (near Temora) told us that her mother made a wagga from sample material for men’s suits or trousers and it is still in her possession.
Keith Brown’s Father, a tailor in the Riverina, made waggas from suiting. He says: recycling is not new.
Christine Blankenzee, did not know of the term wagga till she read about us and she is still making them.
Rosemary Horner sent us a photo of her wagga made from potato sacks. I remember standing in front of this work at the Darling Harbour show and being enthralled by it.
Bruce Creenaune from Wollongong wrote to tell us that before he went to work in shearing sheds throughout Central and North West NSW his mother “sewed together,,, a mixture of heavy outer garments cut up, curtains etc and lo and behold (he) had a true blue wagga”.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
It was very pleasing to see the waggas (shown below) that been offered by various community members. The stories behind them made great reading.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Robin and Annette shared the main bath room and toilet complete with visiting frogs which Christene, Annette and sometimes Rodney took turns evicting.
We learned a few things about farm life. Apparantly it's not a good idea to leave a door open at night, especially when crickets are on the hop. Luckily Christene knew how to feed the chickens, a rooster and a turkey whose numbers had been decimated in the 45 degree heat of the previous week. We were greatful to have manageable rain but kept an eye out for the water at the front gate. Because we stayed for a week the accomodation came with a country size leg of lamb and we also got to eat the eggs we collected.
On Wednesday we decided to go to Lightening Ridge (the Ridge). Along the way we met this drover who had been droving 800 head of cattle for the last 18 months taking advantage of better feed on the stock route. As there hadn't been any rain in Moree he doubted he could take them home.
His two dogs were good at tending the cattle and you can see the brown one, who always has a bottle or stick in his mouth when not working.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Our thanks to Bill, Gay and all the other volunteers who helped with the exhibition.
The quilts are now off to Gilgandra, Opening on the 5th February through till the 26th February 2009. Annette will give the new presentation on Friday 20th February, The exhibition is now creating its own story and is collecting some interesting tales.
The city women have enjoyed giving the talk that accompanies the exhibition as it travelled around NSW. We also touch on where the wagga fit’s in the world of “make do quilts” maybe this is timely given the current climate, both economical and recycling awareness. And a few touch samples.
Christene and Robin will also be at Gilgandra to support Annette and to talk about all the quilts, the making, their journey and as usual, we would love to see any wagga’s (or the Bush quilt, or any of the other names they are known by). We’re always delighted to hear any stories; it’s just wonderful to see the person’s eyes, sparkle with memory.
Tanya is conducting a one day workshop on the 21st of February, on using recycling materials, to create a useful item. No sewing skills needed says Tanya. Contact the Coo-ee Heritage & visitors Informations centre Gilgandra. Phone: 6817 8700
Annette, Christene and Robin will spend about a week prior to the talkin the Gilgandra/Coonabarabran area soaking up more country air, discovering more wonderful things about this region of NSW. Plus taking a few pictures; marvellous these digital cameras! Robin’s father spent some time at Coonabarabran as a child.
We do hope you can catch up with some of you in Gilgandra.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
We are truly amazed at the interest this iconic quilt has generated.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
In Ganmain showground - a haystack right out of a Monet painting. Unfortunately it was an overcast day so we couldn't photograph this one in shadow.
Flying day in Temora - another first for us
We stayed at Country Carriage B&B on Hazeldean, 22 k out of Temora near Ariah Park. This was definitely the best place we've stayed at. Rita, our host looked after us very well and we throughly enjoyed our roast dinner on Saturday night.
Gina, Robin and Annette with farm machinery.