Grafton High student quilts under pressure
By JULIA ILES
QUILTER extraordinaire Ashlea Glasser won the national Shining Light Award for her quilting potential, but organisers overlooked one aspect ? they forgot to tell her the event was on.
Because of the oversight Ms Glasser did not attend the gala dinner at the second Australasian Quilting Convention in Melbourne last weekend.
"I didn't know I was nominated, my teacher put me in for it and then they didn't tell me I had won until it was too late to go down there," Ms Glasser said.
"But it is still really exciting to win the award and it should look good on my resume."
The 17-year-old Grafton High School student, from Lawrence, has created three large quilts over the last four years despite her battle with juvenile arthritis.
She began sewing as a fiveyear-old with her mother and sister, and has won numerous awards, including first place at the 2004 Brisbane EKKA quilt competition and second place in the 2005 Sydney Quilt Show.
Ms Glasser is not content to follow a pattern, but incorporates her own design into the work.
She views her quilts as pieces of art, and takes inspiration from a variety of subjects.
"My Swirls of Fire quilt was inspired from the cane fires I see from my house as I live on a hill and have a good view of them," Ms Glasser said of the eyecatch- ing red, orange and black quilt. "I used the colours to create swirls on a black background ... I love the overall effect and would have loved to have included yellow fabrics, but the set would have been too long for the ruler to cut the segments."
When she finishes school she hopes to pursue a career in fashion design and textiles.
"I am going into Year 12 this year and am currently making a garment for the Australian Wool awards; mine will be made out of Al Paca wool as we have one on our property," she said.
Her textiles and design teacher at Grafton High school, Chris Timmins, was delighted with Ms Glasser's win.
"She deserves to be recognised as she's done such a great job, we are all really proud of her and her quilts are just wonderful," Mrs Tim mins said.