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MARY WITSEY
Last updated 15:24 24/02/2014
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Waimatua Quilter Ann Irving with some of the hand-dyed and recycled quilts she has made, which went on show last week at Invercargill’s City Gallery.

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Ann Irving doesn't like to see things go to waste. In fact her passion for recycling has seen her bring new life to the most worn-out items.

Her recycled creations are currently on show at City Gallery as part of one of the largest quilting displays to be seen in the city.

A combination of traditional and Cook Islands tivaevae quilts are on show in three separate exhibitions: Mrs Irving, of Waimatua and Betty Dickson, 87, of Riversdale, the Southern Patchwork and Quilters Guild and the Pacific Island Cultural Trust.

This is the first public exhibition for Mrs Irving who has been quilting for more than 30 years.

Her passion for recycling can be seen in the colourful and intricate quilts she creates, with one even comprising some of her husband's old worn-out jerseys.

"The older the better; I just love the history you can see in it."

Another quilt was made using old blankets and another consisted of fabrics dyed by Mrs Irving.

"I just love producing them."

In another part of the gallery Pacific Island quilter Peka Strickland had several colourful works on show.

Her creations, which were all hand-sewn, were completed in the traditional way using bright colours and carefully embroidered and crocheted appliques.

"It keeps my hands working. It is hard work but if you love it it's not hard work."

FAST FACTS

What: Large quilting exhibition

Where: City Gallery, Don St, Ph: 21 41319

Why: Combining traditional and Cook Islands quilts

How long: Open till March 12

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- The Southland Times

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