Unique double exhibition now open

A detail of a garment by Carroll Pichelmann in Classic Oz Rocks.
A detail of a garment by Carroll Pichelmann in Classic Oz Rocks.

THE experiences of war, childhood, emigration and relationships are explored through the art of quilting in a unique double exhibition now open at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, which runs until March 26.

The Odyssey Quilt Project is a collaboration between 11 women of Dutch heritage, who were born in the Netherlands or Indonesia before World War II and have since settled in Australia.

Their quilts are the products of the sharing of ideas, which focus on childhood memories, the difficulties experienced during the war years, and the wonder and delight of a new life in Australia.

The Quilters Guild of NSW is presenting Classic Oz Rocks! This exhibition of extraordinary garments by fibre artists and designers is on show alongside The Odyssey Quilt Project.

Hand-dyed, piece-work embroidery, quilting, beading, shirring, cutwork, leatherwork, felting and elaborate knitting are all used to bring out the character of wool, silk, and metallic and natural fibres.

Along with the needlecraft shows is a complementary cartoon display on fashion. Irreverent and witty, these cartoons by Mark Lynch, Lindsay Foyle, Neil Matterson, Gerald Carr and an international line up of cartoonists take the viewer on a rollercoaster ride of reflections on the extremes and eccentricities of the world of fashion.

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