Expressions 2010 Wool Quilt Prize is a visual feast of colour, design and texture celebrating the art of contemporary wool quilt making, and is on show at the National Wool Museum. If you go to this exhibition expecting to see traditional quilts from yesteryear, then think again – this inspirational exhibition features cutting edge contemporary design and an amazing array of textile artworks. It is well worth a visit.
The prize is held every two years and attracts entries from all over Australia. Expressions 2010 showcases 31 pieces by some of Australasia’s best quilt makers. Kim Gordon was announced the winner of this year’s prestigious prize for her piece titled Les Rochers de Mon Desir. Her quilt was inspired by the granite boulders at Gabo Island near her home in Mallacoota. Kim wins $3000 and her quilt will join the wool quilt collection at the Museum. The Highly Commended prize went to Western Australian quiltmaker Janie Matthews for her quilt Are We Nearly There Yet? The quilt prize was judged by Aboriginal artist Dr Croft-Warcon, who praised the exceptional level of skill and artistry in all of the finalists. She said the two winners spoke to her through their mix of conceptual brilliance and technical prowess.
You can have your say by voting for your favourite quilt in the People’s Choice Award – just fill in the form at the exhibition. The People’s Choice winner will be announced when the exhibition closes on 30th January 2010.
The Expressions 2010 Wool Quilt Prize is now showing at the National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong.