Year 60 Quilt

 

Year 60 Quilt is about the everyday and the daily practice of quiltmaking.

The diary quilt chronicles my 60th year.  I started the quilt on my 60th birthday and completed one quilted block every day for a year – without fail.  It took another six months to join the 365 blocks and finish the eleven-meter quilt which is roughly arranged by month.

The quilt features scenes from my daily life;  my home and garden, a state of mind, the things I care about, and the things I can count on.  The narrative blocks reflect the moments of surprise and perfection in daily life – when the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

The grid style, compositional isolation, and formal containment within the square give the ordinary images meaning – making them objects for contemplation rather than a realistic entry point.

Year 60 Quilt is personal and reflective and the images give voice to memories and experience.  And while it pictures the present, it will perhaps, one day, renew memories and leave a trace of an existence.

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Year 60 Quilt by Norma Slabbert on Display at the Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, April 2017

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