- by Dianne Finnegan
"I make quilts that are layered not only with backing cloth, batting and pieced top, but also with memory, metaphor and meaning. They cover beds, bodies and walls. They are motivated by the fabrics, the landscape (I was a geomorphologist), aboriginal art, memories and family as well as historic Australian quilts.
Textile traditions from many countries can be explored with the fabrics I have collected from around the world. Japanese indigo, wild African cottons, French chintz supplement the traditional cottons and furnishing fabrics that I have amassed.
The strict precision of straight lines and perfectly intersecting corners of tradition patchwork is often abandoned in favour of the rough geometry of nature. Spatial relationships and structures in the landscape provide inexhaustible formats for quilts. Plate tectonics, stratigraphy, dune patterns, river systems, down to the smaller scale of corestone weathering in granite all suggest spatial organisation of the quilt surface as well as quilt designs. The built environment also inspires.
Borders, repeat blocks, medallion quilts, and one patch patterns of old Australian quilts, the simplicity of bush quilts using tailors samples
Each step in the sequence of quilt making reveals new possibilities; unexpected juxtapositions of fabric design, colour, tone are exploited to develop a theme. Shattering, stacking, floating are some of the techniques employed to achieve the desired effects.
Ultimately a structural clarity results with the minimum of fuss. A quilt emerges that is beyond my original intent, the fabrics come together to express more than I could imagine.
Working in series the techniques are refined, different directions explored; changes in interval, colour, tone, visual texture, curved lines allow new images.
The inherent variability of the handmade contributes to the idiosyncrasies of the finished work."