Tweed Heads quilter finalist in international comp
A TWEED HEADS artist has been named a finalist in a prestigious international annual quilting challenge held in Sydney.
After being named a finalist in the 2016 Australasian Quilting Convention, Gillian Shearer is now a finalist in the Challenge at the Craft and Quilt Fair at Sydney.
The 2016 AQC competition theme was Tradition with a Twist, inviting quilters to blend old-world quilting skills with contemporary style and colour.
Finalists were selected based on their interpretation of the theme, excellence in design, and level of craftsmanship.
Ms Shearer’s modern interpretation of the ancient art of weaving was made through the scope of Optical Art, consisting of geometric, psychedelic and colourful patterns.
Ms Shearer was excited to be chosen as a finalist, paying homage to the traditional skill.
“Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world,” she said.
“The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago.”
Ms Shearer’s quilt is on show at the Craft & Quilt Fair held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, until June 26.
The AQC Challenge is a prestigious annual quilt challenge which this year attracted entries from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, New Caledonia and the USA.
WHAT: Craft & Quilt Fair
WHERE: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island
WHEN: June 22 – 26, 2016 – Wednesday to Sunday
TIMES: 9am to 4.30pm daily
TICKETS: Adults $19; Pensioner $17; Seniors Card Holders $18; Children 5 to 16 $9. Buy tickets at the door or purchase discounted tickets online via www.craftevents.com.au