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Unfolded – Quilt Retrospective by Val Cuthbert

15 Jul 2020 - 09 Aug 2020


Wednesday 15 July 2020, 9.00am - Sunday 9 August 2020, 4.00pm

Gallery hours: 9am-4pm daily


Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland

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Kim Boyd

09 426 5570


Val visited a quilt exhibition in 1981 and fell in love with the idea of printing/painting fabric, cutting/stitching into a quilt and quilting by machine or by hand.

In 1983, Val joined Brown's Mill, NZ's first art co-op, in Durham Lane, Auckland, selling quilts, clothing and other items.

During the 1980s and into the early 1990s, she taught fabric art at local community colleges, nationally at invited venues and symposia, and several times in Australia at quilting symposia.

Val edited and published NZ's first quilting magazine “Pacific Quilts”. Her own work was exhibited at The Pumphouse in Takapuna, and other galleries around the country.

Having “Day Dream” accepted into an Art and Architecture Exhibition at the War Memorial Museum in Auckland in 1985 was a highlight of hers. 

In 1986, Val returned to full time secondary teaching at Northcote College to help support the family, while managing art interests at the same time.

After letting it all go in 1992, now, it gives Val great pleasure to unfold stored quilts to look at after so many years.

“Day Dream” brought together many different patchwork techniques including fabric sculpture.

“The Next Valley” featured the suburban development of Glenfield in the 1980's.

“Blue’s Garden” was made using a technique of strip piecing self-developed from a pattern called Log Cabin.

“Blue's Garden” was a later quilt, using a strip piecing technique, also self-developed.


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