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Welcome to the doll house

screenprinted, painted and embroidered cotton and polyester
182.0 × 154.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Adelaide, South Australia
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1998
Gallery location
Not on display
The quilt consists of two layers. The upper layer is made up of 120 individual patchwork squares in brown, blue, beige and ochre coloured cotton of a regular size. Each square is treated with a combination of the following techniques: handscreenprinted, photographic print, painted, stitched, appliqued and overdyeing. The motifs used in each piece are printed and painted in black, gold and brown, and range from domestic objects, abstract symbols, birds, plants, animals, shells, text, clothing, to fairytale characters and faces. Some of the squares have additional smaller round and square patches overlaid and machine sewn in place, others are hand sewn with straight regular stitches in bright silk threads. Several small white polyester name tapes with red embroidered text are also appliqued to the upper surface, and a single cross stitch, in coloured silk thread is positioned in each intersection of four squares. The underside of the quilt is lined in blue cotton fabric, which is overdyed and folds over along each edge of the quilt to form a framing border. Embroidery stitches in multi-coloured silk threads are visible on the reverse.