You've all been to quilt shows.
I'm certain you've all been impressed by the quilts you've seen…
But sometimes the art of one or two quilters jumps right out at you and gives you a wallop.
From the age of 13 when I could go into the city by myself, I often visited the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Margaret Prestons' paintings were a magnet.
I was really taken by them, I don't remember verbalizing my impressions to anyone, they were just plain interesting. So in other words… like the quilts I enjoy, they gave me a wallop.
Equally I loved the art of Nora Heysen. I would stand in front of the paintings just soaking up the design and color.
In latter years I've bought prints of these paintings from the gallery to frame and add to my house collection.
Self Portrait 1930
It was with surprise that I received that same feeling when I stood in front of the wonderful quilts of Merelyn Pearce.
Merelyn has used the art of Margaret Preston as an inspiration for her own magnificent quilts.
What luck to see so many of them on display at the Australasian Quilt Conference a few weeks ago.
The experience has made me want to study Margaret Prestons art further, surely that's what an exhibition is supposed to do.!!