This is a Doctor Who-inspired work. I love his pocket-watch. It holds a place in time as time flies past.
Techniques & Materials: Thermofax printing. Machine quilting. Hand-dyed cotton and Lutradur®.
©2016 Sally Westcott All rights reserved.
While trying to understand the fourth dimension, bubbles came to mind. We can see the back and front and all sides at the same time. If our world was like a bubble and we could see it totally, inside and out, would we be more aware that time is running out for us to make major changes in how we live and use our resources? It is only a matter of time before it will be too late. Our greed, and lack of empathy for others, is destroying our planet. Is there enough time to repair the damage, or will the bubble burst?
Techniques & Materials: Ice–dyeing and painting. Machine quilting. Cotton fabric and cotton and polyester threads.
©2016 Catherine Timm All rights reserved.
The Great Barrier Reef has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. The current form has existed for 6,000 to 8,000 years by growing on top of the structure of the old reefs.
Techniques & Materials: Raw edge appliqué. Free machine thread painting, hand embroidery and beading. Cotton, felt, angelina fibre and mono-printed fabric.
©2016 Linda Steele All rights reserved.
In life we move through the three dimensions of space, and also along the fourth dimension of time. In this abstracted map of a town, inhabitants who go about their daily activities journey not only in space but in time. Places are signposted, but there are also clocks showing different times. This design is a new departure within my work on textile maps.
Techniques & Materials: Fused appliqué and collage. Machine quilting. Hand-dyed and computer-printed fabrics.
©2016 Alicia Merrett All rights reserved.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. CS Lewis.
Techniques & Materials: Whole cloth, fabric paint and machine embroidery.
©2016 Sue Reid All rights reserved.
Certain dates – April 2nd, July 29th, December 12th, to name but a few - are engraved in my mind. The birthdays of loved ones, our wedding day, the days our children were born… But also the days on which people who were very dear to me died. In every year that passes, these dates are highlighted on the calendar in my mind, as red days or black days. This is my calendar.
Techniques & Materials: Machine piecing and machine quilting. Commercial fabrics and fabrics hand-dyed by the artist and others.
©2016 Linda Robertus All rights reserved.
How often is time divided into quarters and fours? A quarter of an hour, many sporting games have quarters, a quarter of a day, a lunar month, financial quarters, seasons of the year, terms at school, an Olympiad, a quarter of a century. . . The quarter square triangle block and variations provide a graphic representation of the quarters that make up the whole.
Techniques & Materials: Machine piecing and quilting. Cotton fabric and thread.
©2016 Elizabeth Rose All rights reserved.
Black holes are so massive that they severely warp the fabric of spacetime, the three spatial dimensions and time combined in a four-dimensional continuum. For this reason, an observer inside a black hole experiences the passage of time very differently than an outside observer.
Techniques & Materials: Raw edged appliqué, machine stitching and quilting. Cotton fabrics.
©2016 Suzanne Gummow All rights reserved.
Imagine being a Time Traveller, moving through the space and time continuum into a world of parallel universes. . . Current thinking is that the Fourth Dimension is the three physical dimensions - height, width and depth (space) encompassed by time. The work shows the relationship between time and space - the clocks showing time and the three dimensional squares representing space and the possibility of parallel universes.
Techniques & Materials: Appliqué, water colour pencil painting and machine quilting. Commercial batik and cotton fabrics.
©2016 Prunella Noonan All rights reserved.
The Orloj clock in Czech Republic built in 1410 is one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world. Through centuries the clock has been refurbished and even partly rebuilt due to damage in World War Two. The dials show important astronomical events: the movement of the sun; the way the sun orbits around the earth, not the opposite way around; phases of the moon; the equinoxes; seasons; days; and the zodiac. It truly deals with all matters of time.
Techniques & Materials: Gluing scraps to fabric base to form image, then appliquéd to backing fabric, thread sketched, quilted, shiva oil sticks painted lightly in background.
©2016 Sue de Vanny All rights reserved. Photo credit: Darby Sawchuk
This work is part of a series about ancient objects. I am especially interested in how some artefacts take on a patina over time while remaining formally intact despite all the challenges to their persistence over many years. Over millennia, the shape remains largely what the maker chose, but the coloration becomes more complex and far beyond its maker's imagining.
Techniques & Materials: Improvisational piecing and machine quilting. Cotton solids, shot cotton, silk, and painted cottons.
©2016 Monica Johnstone All rights reserved.
Telegrams sent to my grandmother, Sarah Scott, telling her that my dad, Clem, had been injured in WWII. They take you from knowing he's injured, his turn for the worse and lower leg amputation through to his arrival home to his Mum. He was wounded, patched up and on his way back to the front when he fell off a tank and the next tank ran over his leg. In hindsight it probably saved his life as his two mates in the first photo, Darcy and Jock, never returned.
Techniques & Materials: Photographic transfer, machine and hand stitching. ©2016 Catherine McDonald All rights reserved.
All things have a timed lifespan, sometimes long, sometimes short. Two are represented here. Roses - from buds to flowers, dropping petals to rosehips from where the cycle can begin again. In the quilting is the life cycle of a butterfly, from eggs to caterpillars, pupas to butterflies.
Techniques & Materials:Machine appliqué, embroidery and quilting. Enhanced with embroidered and couched gold threads. Cotton and silk fabrics.
©2016 Eileen Campbell All rights reserved.
Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature and the acceptance of life's natural cycle of growth, decay and death. This philosophy has continued to stimulate my creative practice. In Seasonal Yellow I combine bird illustrations with fabric and stitch. I breed and, at times, hand rear yellow canaries. This love and close observation of the canaries fuelled the design.
Techniques & Materials: Painting, piecing, machine thread-painting and machine quilting. Cotton fabric, fabric paint; rayon and cotton threads.
©2016 Julie Haddrick All rights reserved.
A story: Lydia waited and waited on the hot balcony. The moments stretching and shrinking like elastic. A vague expectation settled on her. Maybe Layla would arrive today? The flat shapes she was cutting became distorted and animated in the harsh sunlight and she lost herself in reverie. X Y Z T? She would like to understand dimensions beyond her comprehension. She had tried. She had imagined. Maybe Layla would grow up to explain to her one day. Meanwhile it would remain a mystery.
Techniques & Materials: Digital print on cotton with hand stitch in rayon.
©2016 Jane McKeating All rights reserved.
Days pass with the rising and setting of the sun. Maybe we notice and mark the passing, maybe not. Similarly, we move through life marking some events and missing others. In an effort to move ever onward, I try to make note of what lies ahead and what has passed. There are unexpected diversions, snippets of conversation, and moments of growth. Sometimes I reach a destination quickly. Sometimes the path is slow and arduous. The sun's consistency eases my own irregular journey.
Techniques & Materials: Fused appliqué, surface design, free motion quilting, hand embroidery. Fabric, paint, thread, embroidery floss and perle cotton.
©2016 Deborah Boschert All rights reserved.
A tree's growth rings can read like a time capsule. Narrow rings can be the result of drought. Scarring can be the result of fire. Widely spaced rings can show years of good seasons with plenty of sunshine and water. Narrowing rings can indicate shading or crowding from other trees or be the result of insect infestation. Growth rings can be counted to give a tree's age. Ancient trees have given us a look at past climatic history and major events that have shaped our earth. A cross section of a tree trunk is a glance back in time.
Techniques & Materials:Machine appliqué, piecing and machine quilting. Materials: Commercial cottons and polycotton & metallic threads.
©2016 Julie Harding All rights reserved.
The Strange Attractor Series draws its name from mathematics. An "Attractor" is that which draws you toward its core. "Strange" attractors have a fractal structure, a repeating pattern at all dimensions. In this piece, each "leaf" acts an attractor, pulling you closer to examine the intricate detail.
Inevitably leaves will fall
Drift to the ground
Replenish the soil
Nourish new growth
Techniques & Materials: Machine piecing. Machine quilting. Solid-colored, hand-dyed, and commercial cotton fabrics.
©2016 Niraja Lorenz All rights reserved.
Time, in Aboriginal society, exists in a vertical relationship rather than in a horizontal sense. The past, present and future are all bound in the eternal "now" of the Dreaming. Everything that happens "in time" has eternal implications and is elaborately interconnected. Songlines are used to explain these connections. My songline dreams of the day all Australians are connected harmoniously, and when the elder's ancient songs are embraced, treasured and passed on, to a tolerant, united Australia.
Techniques & Materials: Elder: Thread Embroidery on water soluble synthetic polymer. Appliqué. Painting. Machine quilting.
©2016 Annie White All rights reserved.
Black - from his Chinese/Aboriginal heritage. Lots of sunshine, family outback holidays. Met the love of his life, together made a pretty green home. Complete family with son and daughter. Grey - works hard, dream yellow house by the river filled with love. White -the future. Life influences our appearance. In a matter of time black turns to white.
Techniques & Materials: Free form piecing, cutting and machine quilting. Hand dyed and commercial fabrics.
©2016 Deborah Louie All rights reserved.
We are all held mercilessly by the hands of time; our bodies dissolve or perhaps evolve depending on your point of view. Our souls to float the fourth dimension. A human Möbius strip—no end and no beginning—shows our unravelling, our aging, and I've made it deliberately metallic to show our impervious nature as we fight back, doing all we can to delay the inevitable.
Techniques & Materials: Metallic acrylic paint, two tone iridescent pigment powder, raw edge fused appliqué, trapunto (double batting under figure), machine quilted with metallic and 100wt (ultra fine) threads.
©2016 Neroli Henderson All rights reserved.
The milkweed seedpod encompasses the passage of time from growth to decay to rebirth through the seeds, borne on wisps of silk and the slightest breath of air, to where they will land and begin the cycle anew in the coming spring. The bizarre shape of the pods and stems makes me wonder if they grew when dinosaurs roamed and what has transpired through the millennia as the plant endlessly repeats the cycle of regeneration.
Techniques & Materials: Hand-dyeing, fusing and collage, screen printing and stenciling, machine quilting. Artist-dyed and commercial cottons and cotton duck.
©2016 Sarah Ann Smith All rights reserved.
Nature is a constant wonder and inspiration. It is always around us, and yet always changing. Day by day everything evolves - even when it takes a while for you to notice the change. Even bare rock develops lichen, moss, grasses and growth and soon there is life everywhere. It's just a matter of time.
Techniques & Materials: Heat cutting & stressing; invisible stitching; beading; and thread drawing on water-soluble stabiliser. Lace, organza, cotton, plastic, cheesecloth, boucle, knitting yarn, velvet, tulle, batik, paint and beads.
©2016 Kay Haerland All rights reserved.
Long before the age of the dinosaurs, trilobites of many sizes and shapes teemed throughout the oceans of the world. Looking at their fossils has always brought a fascination with our ability to look through deep time, and a feeling of humility when we reflect on the recent moment in history that humans have been on the earth.
Techniques & Materials: Raw silk, treated with flour paste resist crackle technique and hand painted. Non woven materials and batik fabrics, fusible appliqué and matching stitching
©2016 Betty Busby All rights reserved.
Arboreus is an Ediacaran fossil found in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. It is rendered here in lace, as fragile fronds swaying before a ghostly future-landscape. Once it ruled the seas, but its delicate fractal forms got buried beneath mud-slides and sand in the ancient deltas that became today's formidable ramparts. By 500 million years ago, the elegant Arboreus had vanished. The clock motif references the '7 minutes to midnight' metaphor of the evolution of large animals on earth.
Techniques & Materials: Cotton ground, with distressed silk scarf, nylon & cotton nets, embroidered organza, digital embroideries in Swiss cotton thread, with traditional piecing including over-dyed commercial prints and hand-dyed cottons. ©2016 Alvena Hall All rights reserved.
Taking time, finding time, wasting time, needing time, marking time, doing time, time flies. My art practice proceeds in small increments, a few minutes at a time. These precious few moments are often used to make stitches on small pieces of paper or fabric. Over time, a collection is built up and a finished work comes from the accumulation. Finding time is a myth. Nobody can find time. It is elusive. However, anybody can make time. Making time is tangible. That time is the very tangible matter of time.
Techniques & Materials: Hand embroidery and machine quilting. Paper, inks, cotton, felt embroidery cotton, machine thread.
©2016 Sheila Beer All rights reserved.
This art work is about my life in Europe and Australia. Moving On is a natural progression and is expressed by pictorial images and symbols. Sundials are moving the time of day, Roman numerals the centuries and years. A bicycle faintly visible on the bottom of this work is a symbol of Moving On. Central within my life presently is a musician and this translates into my art work via musical notes clearly visible. Throughout this work a stylized person moves through the various phases of life, past and present, accepting that life is "A Matter of Time".
Techniques & Materials: Mono printing, screen printing, photo transfer, dyeing fabric, paint sticks, hand stitching and machine quilting. Cotton, silk and silk organza. ©2016 Mirjam Aigner All rights reserved.
I remember late in pregnancy receiving many passing comments that it's just a matter of time now. Although I was excited at the thought of holding my baby in my arms, I also wanted to cherish each moment while expecting. Pregnant Pause is inspired by taking time to enjoy these special moments. (I loved being pregnant. )
Techniques & Materials: Whole cloth quilt, free form machine stitching/quilting, drawing, raw edge appliqué and beading. Cotton fabric organza, lace, glue, felt, wadding, pencil, and mixed threads.
©2016 Joy McPadden All rights reserved.
You watch as your children slowly grow. Then one day you look and their childhood has gone.
Techniques & Materials: Hand dyed and hand painted cotton with an overlay of hand dyed silk organza. Fabric painting, hand lettering and machine quilting.
©2016 Lisa Walton All rights reserved.
Burnt banksias. . .controlled burns or raging bushfire.
Charred and suspended in various stages of the life cycle.
Seeds released by heat from woody fruiting cones.
It is only a matter of time until regeneration takes place.
By sprouting seed or lignotuber and so the cycle
Continues through time immemorial.
Techniques & Materials: Linocut printing; silk screen printing; stencilling; and machine quilting. Cotton fabric; water soluble fabric printing inks; Shiva oil paint sticks; wool/polyester wadding; cotton and polyester threads. ©2016 Susan Mathews All rights reserved.
Moving water is a major agent of erosion. Rushing streams and rivers wear away their banks and carve into the earth. Waves crash against shorelines and eat into them. Eroded material may be deposited nearby or far away such that over time, water-worn landscapes show major change.
Techniques: Reverse appliqué, machine quilting, and painting. Viscose felt, polyester batting, cotton backing, polyester thread and acrylic paint.
©2016 Dianne Firth All rights reserved.
It doesn't matter how we try to control time, how many schedules we fill in, time has its own rhythms. Time is dependable. The sun will always set. And rise. And set.
Techniques & Materials: Raw edge appliqué with free motion quilting. Commercial fabrics, yarns (silk, wool and synthetic) and cotton batting.
©2016 Mary McArdle All rights reserved.
Photography by Danielle Minnet, Natural Lights Photography.