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96/319/32 Quilt,'Yulara', machine pieced, hand quilted and embroidered, cotton, Prue Socha, Sydney, NSW,1987. Click to enlarge.

Cotton quilt

Designed by Socha, Prue in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Quilt,'Yulara', machine pieced, hand quilted and embroidered, cotton, Prue Socha, Sydney, NSW,1987. Miniature quilt composed of 9 vertical strips. Each strip is pieced in squares and rectangles of vivid pinks, reds, greens, oranges, purples and browns. The strips are the same width, except for the sixth (plain purple) strip from the left-hand side, which is narrower. The strips are quilted with curving lines, some forming hand shapes. In the centre of the quilt, two of the hands are outlined in ...

Summary

Object No.

96/319/32

Object Statement

Quilt,'Yulara', machine pieced, hand quilted and embroidered, cotton, Prue Socha, Sydney, NSW,1987

Physical Description

Quilt,'Yulara', machine pieced, hand quilted and embroidered, cotton, Prue Socha, Sydney, NSW,1987. Miniature quilt composed of 9 vertical strips. Each strip is pieced in squares and rectangles of vivid pinks, reds, greens, oranges, purples and browns. The strips are the same width, except for the sixth (plain purple) strip from the left-hand side, which is narrower. The strips are quilted with curving lines, some forming hand shapes. In the centre of the quilt, two of the hands are outlined in French knots of red thread.
The quilt is initialled and dated 'PS/ 87', on the front, right-hand corner. On the back, left-hand side, 'YULARA II PRUE SOCHA '87' is embroidered.

Marks

Quilt is initialled and dated in red embroidery thread on the front, right-hand corner of the quilt. The quilt title, maker's name and date of manufacture are also embroidered on the back, left-hand side of the quilt in purple thread.

Dimensions

Height

1095 mm

Width

661 mm

Production

Notes

Prue Socha prefers her quilts to be functional, and expressive, and so she has been particularly interested in evolving her own style, rather then working solely within traditions from other countries. All her quilts, (except for her first series, inspired by a visit to Japan) have been inspired by Australia and express her responses to the Australian environment.
'Yulara' was inspired by a visit to Central Australia. The colours Ms Socha chose are the colours of that landscape. The embroidery design was evoked by Aboriginal rock paintings, the French knots around the hands representing the ochre which Aborigines used to spray around their hands, leaving an imprint on the rock surface.

Prue Socha was taught to embroider when a child, by June Scott-Stevenson, a friend of her mother who was a member of the Embroiderer's Guild and a well-known embroiderer. Socha was also influenced by another of her mother's friends, Marion Hall-Best, who owned a design shop in Woollahra, particularly Hall-Best's approach to colour.
In 1969, Socha joined the Embroiderers' Guild, completing her London City and Guilds Certificate of Hand Embroidery the next year. Since 1970, Socha has been a tutor in embroidery for the Embroiderers' Guild, the Crafts Council and Arts Council, as well as teaching at various summer schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Socha developed a technique of working with dye and stitching on embroidery canvas, in order to have a simple means of expressing the Australian landscape. Interspersed with her embroidery, she had been making quilts for six years before her involvement in 'Quilts Covering Australia'; and those quilts have been an extension of her embroidery work.
In 'Yulara', the strips have been created by joining pieces of different length, but the same width. These strips have then been joined and quilted. Careful attention has been paid to the arrangement of colour, moving from a base created by the use of purple fabric pieces to orange, green and then pink. The quilting pattern, worked in pink thread, is more or less noticeable depending on the colour of the pieces beneath it.

Quilt dated on the front, right-hand corner and the back, left-hand side.

History

Notes

Exhibited in 'Quilts Covering Australia', a travelling exhibition co-ordinated by the Quilters' Guild.
Commissioned by the Quilters' Guild.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of The Quilters' Guild Inc (Australia)

Acquisition Date

17 September 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cotton quilt 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <https://ma.as/152550>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/152550 |title=Cotton quilt |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 January 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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