We are priviledged to have Morna Sturrock AM as our Patron. Morna is an active supporter of Waverley Patchworkers and she speaks of the work done by the group with great admiration.
Morna co-founded the Embroiderers Guild Victoria in 1960. The importance she places on textile work in women’s lives is illustrated by her comment to an interviewer in 2005.
In this age of galloping technology, when women press buttons to wash, iron and cook, they are increasingly using fabric, thread and beads as a means to create artistic – and decorative- works of art. Textiles have always been underrated, but their great attraction is that they’re hands-on and women love to use their hands, make, possess and admire what can be achieved.
Morna moved from country NSW to study at Melbourne University then worked as a foreign correspondent in the UK in the 1950’s. While there she studied at the Royal School of Needlework and developed her particular interest in ecclesiastical and ceremonial embroidery. Her passion for study and embroidery continues to this day, she completed a Doctorate in history in retirement.
Examples of Morna’s work can be seen in her profile at the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria.