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96/319/5 Quilt, 'Portrait', hand appliqued, hand quilted, cotton, Marjorie Coleman, Perth, WA, 1987. Click to enlarge.

Cotton quilt

Designed
Quilt, 'Portrait', hand appliqued, hand quilted, cotton, Marjorie Coleman, Perth, WA, 1987. Miniature quilt composed of a central, asymmetrical, plant motif, hand appliqued on to a quilted multi-coloured ground. The motif is coloured in shades of pink, ochre, orange, purple and chartreuse. The quilt is banded widthways at each end. Rectangles of pink, ochre and chartreuse, cut at an angle, have been appliqued onto the hand quilted end bands.
The whole is edged with the ground fabric, except on …

Summary

Object No.

96/319/5

Object Statement

Quilt, 'Portrait', hand appliqued, hand quilted, cotton, Marjorie Coleman, Perth, WA, 1987

Physical Description

Quilt, 'Portrait', hand appliqued, hand quilted, cotton, Marjorie Coleman, Perth, WA, 1987. Miniature quilt composed of a central, asymmetrical, plant motif, hand appliqued on to a quilted multi-coloured ground. The motif is coloured in shades of pink, ochre, orange, purple and chartreuse. The quilt is banded widthways at each end. Rectangles of pink, ochre and chartreuse, cut at an angle, have been appliqued onto the hand quilted end bands.
The whole is edged with the ground fabric, except on the left hand side, a section of which is edged with orange fabric.
The quilt is signed 'Marjorie Coleman' on the right hand side, under the central motif.

Marks

Signed 'Marjorie Coleman' on the right hand side under the central motif. On the back right hand side is an insert that contains the following information,'Marjorie Coleman 24 Perth St Cottesloe W.A. 6011 "Portrait" 1987 70x112cm'.

Dimensions

Height

1150 mm

Width

710 mm

Production

Notes

Marjorie Coleman saw her first quilt in 1972, while in Hawaii, and its design inspired her. Hawaiian quilts are markedly different from those produced by the mainland North American tradition. They are appliqued, with motifs created by folding a square or circle of paper into quarters into which a design is cut. The inspiration for these motifs are botanical forms, such as breadfruit.
From this initial contact, she started to make quilts of her own design; she disliked copying and enjoyed being able to design based on her own experiences. Her imagery is taken from the Australian environment and reactions to it; in a series entitled 'Dullflower', depicting native plants, she satirised those who find the Australian bush boring.
In 'Portrait', Ms Coleman has continued to explore plant forms, expressed through applique. Her design creates a series of contrasts through use of colour and quilting techniques. The background is a printed fabric in strong colours of aqua, blue, mauve and orange, muted by overprinting with a black mesh pattern, whereas the motif is appliqued in plain, clear coloured fabrics, so a contrast between pattern and plain is established. The quilting pattern (straight lines on the ground fabric, irregular curved lines on the central motif) also creates a contrast of surface texture.
Ms Coleman has undertaken other studies in art (drawing and painting) as a way of enlarging her ability to design quilts.

Ms Coleman has made approximately forty quilts, all different from one another, having originally taught herself how to quilt. Her quilts have ranged in size from very large to quite small, and have been assembled by hand and machine, using applique and piecing. Although she prefers hand work, Ms Coleman decides on the manufacturing technique as it is appropriate to the quilt design. She has found that the most effective way to learn has been by making quilts, and has developed an individual style and application of quilting, in order to translate her designs effectively. She now teaches around Australia.
The central motif of 'Portrait' is constructed from layers of applique, so that it appears to 'sit' on the ground fabric. Applique patterns are first traced onto the fabric before being cut out. The hems are turned in towards the wrong side of the fabric and pressed before the piece is sewn, in order to insure that the finished piece is the right shape.

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

16 September 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cotton quilt 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 June 2021, <https://ma.as/152564>

Wikipedia

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