As a concept, Patchwork is traditionally the tessellation of geometric shapes which can be interpreted in many different forms, structures, textures and colours all working together to create an original, intricate piece of artwork, which has a practical use.
Patchwork sewing is a practical pastime which was around, even as far back as 5000 years ago in China and evidence of its use was also discovered in Egyptian tombs. However, it really became popular after the Great Depression in America, when people began upcycling worn out garments by piecing the best parts together to make warm quilts. The huge popularity of these colourful, sometimes sentimental stories in quilt form, even today, may indicate how we, as humans, appreciate beauty in pattern form.
Patchwork can be seen every day in the world around, whether it be famers’ fields, a plate of food, mosaics, stained glass windows, the streets, a tattoo or a hair style to mention a few ideas.
This theme allows you the opportunity to capture something common, that when viewed in detail, or from a particular angle, a patchwork pattern may become visible. As usual, the judge will be looking for the more creative and original interpretations of this theme, so take time to consider an alternative approach to how Patchwork might be seen and what narrative it begins to unravel.