Stitched up: Warrnambool quilter Robyn Burns is showcasing her talents in an exhibition entitled ‘Gentle Madness’ at F Project Gallery. Picture: Rob Gunstone.
When she showcases her patchworks at F Project Gallery on Friday, the Warrnambool artist is prepared for what traditional quilters might call ‘signs of lunacy’.
Entitled ‘Gentle Madness’, Burns’ selection of quilts and framed works are the result of a love of collecting, a hobby she says can be misunderstood.
“The idea came from my love of collecting and a Stephen Calloway quote I once read about it,” she said. “It says collecting is of course for most collectors just a reasonably absorbing and largely harmless pastime, looked upon by an uncomprehending world as a kind of gentle madness”.
Ms Burns said her style is not traditional and her works have no purpose other than expression.
“I didn’t fit in at quilting classes,” she said. “It was too restrictive for my imagination.
“My pieces ’s are loosely pictorial and some are abstract, there’s no political message, there’s nothing deep or meaningful about them, they’re just me wanting to create something I’m happy with.”
“They are the fruits of my gentle madness.”
‘Gentle Madness’ will feature at F Project Gallery from May 9 to June 3.