In this series I was keen to emphasise the importance of our beautiful waterways and the birdlife they support.
Getting away into the natural world exploring the waterways and wetlands of South East Queensland and northern New South Wales via canoe with my husband is a delight. He paddles, and I take my camera. These quilts are montages of a few of the many birds and beautiful scenes we saw on Cudgera Creek whilst visiting Hastings Point in NSW, Lake Cootharaba and the Upper Noosa River, as well as the Pine Rivers Confluence around the Tinchi Tamba wetlands. The idea of using the map of the creeks to define the shapes on which I would build my images evolved from one of my early art quilts which I had constructed in a similar way using fishing nylon to hold the shapes together, and also from my desire to emphasize the beauty and fragility of our waterways and wetlands habitats, so vulnerable to urban expansion and development.
Once I had my designs worked out – usually the longest part of making an art quilt – construction began. I could say this has taken me many years to make, as it is the culmination of many hours of learning new techniques and building skills over the years.