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Lindie Ward: Threads of Love and Victory - The Extraordinary Venice Quilt

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Mention 'quilts’ and people think of the domestic realm. Not so the extraordinary Venice Quilt! Close scrutiny of its imagery reveals the fascinating and vibrant story of one of the most important periods of Italian history - the Risorgimento (or rising again) - the wild political period of Italian Unification from 1848 to 1866.

The exquisite work reflects the history and key players, in particular the revered freedom fighter Guiseppe Garibaldi and his beloved wife Anita. Jubilant soldiers, dancing women, prancing horses, castles, giraffes, elephants, lions and the Doge in the Venice Lagoon set the vibrant scene. Many hands would have finely crafted the intasio patterns. Annette Gero's keen eye and sixth sense led to its recent discovery.

In her talk, Lindie Ward will dive into the stories that the quilt reveals.

Lindie Ward is an Independent Design Curator, graduating from University College London with a special interest in textiles and dress. Formerly Curator of Design and Society at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, she curated exhibitions, acquired and documented objects for their extensive collection, and developed the Australian Dress Register. Lindie has worked on collections at the Museums of History NSW, the State Library of New South Wales, the Australian National Maritime Museum, and currently the National Trust (NSW). Her expertise extends to work in theatre and film, both in Australia and overseas, and her major interest in textile techniques and international textiles has led to membership of the Oriental Rug Society of NSW and The Asian Arts Society of Australia.

Ticket includes one beverage on arrival. No entry to Quilts: The Fabric of War 1760-1900

Limited parking available on-site.

Wheelchair accessible.

Banner image: Risorgimento Quilt, made in Venice 1845–1866, wool broadcloth, The Annette Gero Collection.

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