Ducati Trip, textile by Vivienne Pengilley
Ducati Trip, textile by Vivienne Pengilley.
1977, various fabrics, rabbit fur, chrome, mylar, bugle beads, sequins, embroidery, padlock, 240 x 353cm. Photograph by Terence Bogue. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of an Australia Council Crafts Board Grant, 1978.
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Vivenne Pengilley's Popish Ducati Trip irreverently foreshadows the rise of quilting and embroidery that would tranform the character of the fibre art movement in the 1980's. This ambitious work, created in 1977, challenged the notion of textiles as lapwork by realising the quilt on a grand scale, on par with artist working on massive canvases in warehouse studios. Ducati Trip is made from an exotic list of materials. Pengilley transforms a plethora of haberdashery to create this quilt. Relying on her intuition and the feeling of the fabric against her skin, the artist allows her flamboyance to shine through, no doubt reliving and remembering when and where she found each piece of blue shiny taffeta or crushed velvet.