The main sources of inspiration for Pat’s art quilts are her passion for the geometric order of fractals, and her strong interest in the culture of Australia’s First People. Using geometry to generate fractals has propelled her along different paths in quilt making, starting with shapes that are simple to sew, then came her Drunkards Path series, to which Fish Feeding Frenzy belongs. It was one of 85 quilts accepted from 753 entries for Quilt National 2019. A partner quilt, Eyes in the Deep, is presently touring the US and will be for sale when it returns to Australia in July 2021. Her First People’s quilts include two in the ‘Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain’ set by WA Inspired Art Quilters that have been purchased by the National Museum of Australia for the National Historical Collection.
Fish Feeding Frenzy
Retail Price: $800
Dimensions: 157 x 157cm (H x W)
Statement: Fish-feeding in Darwin, Australia results in a frenzy of heads, fins and tails churning the water, which is captured in the abstract in this quilt. Pat generated the block design by nesting Drunkards-path blocks and rotating them.
Exhibitions: 2021 Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America Exhibition of Mathematical Art, multinational online meeting. 2019 Quilt National 19, The Dairy Barn Arts Centre, Athens, Ohio, USA.
Photographer: Pat Forster