Guest Speaker—Wendy Nutt
Having sewn since early childhood, Wendy has continually sought to increase her knowledge of techniques in a wide variety of traditional and non traditional needlework styles. Trained as a TAFE Fashion Teacher, her teaching career allowed this development to thrive. Industrial skills, fine needlework, pattern making, and retail production methods all attribute to the broad spectrum of sewing skills within.
It has only been in the last six years that Wendy took an interest in any patchwork and quilting. A chance introduction to the world of modern quilting accelerated this interest. Seeing quilts made by Gee's Bend Quilters, Gwen Marston, Jean Wells, Nancy Crow, Sherri Lynn Wood, Heather Jones and many other modern quilt artists have had a significant influence on Wendy's work.
Six years is a very short time in the quilting world and Wendy has been able to achieve significant milestones in that short time; several of her quilts having won awards locally and at a state level. Her quilts have been exhibited at the 2016 Australasian Quilting Convention (AQC) and she taught and exhibited at AQC in 2017. Wendy has also exhibited in the 2016 and 2017 Quiltcon juried competition held in USA, which attracts world wide participation. At the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show, her two entries received three awards, one being the Contemporary Art Quilt Award. This year she was successful in receiving a Judges Commendation at the Sydney show. Mid year Wendy went to Quilt Encounter in Adelaide, where an extensive program of national and international tutors collectively were invited to present their field of expertise.
Always wanting to know more, Wendy continues to participate in workshops to learn new skills and redefine old ones. In February 2016, Wendy completed and was successful in obtaining her Teaching Accreditation with QuiltNSW and as a result, currently conducts workshops in a variety of patchwork and quilting disciplines.
Wendy's plan is to continue with the development of her modern quilt designs leading to future publishing possibilities, conduct workshops, lecture, and encourage others to embrace new ways to use the past history of this ever evolving craft in their own creative quilts.