Enjoy a display of quilts by Beth Miller, winner of the 2016 Rajah Award.
Beth is a resident of the ACT and is well known for her quilts depicting iconic Australian images.
Beth is a valued, long term member of Canberra Quilters Inc and has actively contributed to the guild for more than three decades. She is an accredited teacher with the guild and has been for many years, and she is currently the convenor of quilt valuation activities. She is known as a quiet and modest achiever.
Beth favours the freedom of contemporary piecing and fused appliqué. Her quilts are often enhanced by hand work. Beth also has a passion for photography and regularly uses her photographs as a design source for her quilts which epitomise Australian themes. Beth is a founding member of the tACTile group which was formed in 2001, a world renowned group comprising Beth Miller, Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth, Helen Gray and Beth and Trevor Reid working in partnership. The tACTile group’s objective is to advance contemporary quiltmaking in Australia by exploring the opportunities of the art quilt and the group has exhibited around the world for more than a decade.
Beth’s iconic quilt images have been seen around the world and her use of colour, texture, light and stitching techniques in depicting Australian landscapes, flora and fauna is masterful. She is a true ambassador for Australian quilts.
Pictured top to bottom: Bush Larrikins; Sydney Seabreeze by Beth Miller.
The Rajah Award acknowledges an outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia, whether it be a contribution as a quilting teacher, designer, author, historian, guild worker, retailer, etc or a combination of work in several of these areas. It is called the Rajah Award in tribute to the historic Rajah quilt made by convict women en route to Australia in 1841 which is held by the National Gallery in Canberra.
Nominations forms for the 2017 Rajah Award can be found at http://aqc.com.au/aqc-awards/
The Rajah Quilt 1841 British and Australian waters cotton, silk thread
325.0 x 337.2 cm
Gift of Les Hollings and the Australian Textiles Fund 1989 National Gallery of Australia