Henzell Street Quilters Exhibition
Head on down to the Redcliffe City Art Gallery to view a bi-annual display of traditional and contemporary quits crafted by the Redcliffe Henzell Street Quilters.
The humble quilt is a universally functional object that conjures up memories of comfort and security. Often exchanged amongst family members and friends and created in the home, quilts can hold personal histories and untold stories. The quilts presented in this exhibition are exquisitely crafted by the Henzell Street Quilters Group. This group of skilled women creates quilts that extend beyond functional objects that, through a diverse use of craft technique and skill, become artworks in their own right. This is a non-competitive member’s showcase exhibition.
The Henzell Street Quilters Group was founded in 1984 by six avid quilters, meeting regularly at Redcliffe Education Centre on Henzell Street. Membership has risen to over eighty including two of the original founding members Vada Hopkins and Noela Hannan. They currently meet weekly at the Baptist Church Hall, Margate. Fostering a supportive and social environment, meetings are a forum to develop and share skills of appliqué, patchwork and quilting techniques and styles. Further technical development is gained through workshops and tutorials by members, external tutors, traders and community speakers. The fundamental principles of patchwork, appliqué and quilting are enhanced by an ever expanding array of tools, textiles and threads used by members to create both functional and artistic quilts.
Since their inception Henzell Street Quilters have maintained a strong connection to charity organisations, creating quilts, cushions and bags for many charitable organisations and community groups including Redcliffe Hospital, refugee assistance, local cancer wards, BUSHkids and Fire and Drought Relief Appeals.