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Quilt - Sides to the Middle, Fingers to the Bone
  • Sides to the Middle, Fingers to the Bone
    Whiteley, Jane
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Sides to the Middle, Fingers to the Bone

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Perth (designed and made)

  • Date:

    2009 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whiteley, Jane (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and cotton gauze with red silk thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jane Whiteley's work offers a connection to the domestic practices of post-war Britain. The hand-dyed and stitched layers of gauze evoke the 'make do and mend' initiatives designed to prolong the use of domestic textiles, in this instance the practice of turning sheets. The imprint of the body is reproduced on the quilt in red silk thread, the densely stitched areas exploring the connection between both body and memory evoked by fabric.

Born in Britain and now resident in Fremantle, Australia, Whiteley has experimented with worn and stained bed sheets, tea towels, nappies and bandages that have a strong connection with the domestic environment but also the body. She reflects on the personal reassurance provided by everyday textiles as arbiters of highly personal messages - in this case the hardship shared by many in post war Britain.

Physical description

Silk and cotton gauze quilt. The quilt is designed in layers of indigo dyed cotton gauze with a central seam and a top layer of silk. It is hand stitched all over in varying directions and densities with red running stitch using red silk.

Place of Origin

Perth (designed and made)


2009 (designed and made)


Whiteley, Jane (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and cotton gauze with red silk thread


Height: 235 cm, Width: 170 cm, Weight: 4 kg, Width: 1780 mm Top edge, Width: 1810 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2312 mm Proper right, Length: 2319 mm Proper left, Weight: 14 kg Weighed on roller

Descriptive line

Quilt, hand dyed and hand stitched silk and cotton gauze, 'Sides to the Middle, Fingers to the Bone', designed and made by Jane Whiteley, British, 2009.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Prichard, Sue. Negotiating space : fabric and the feminine 1945-2010. In : Sue Prichard, ed. Quilts 1700-2010. London : V&A, 2010. pp.148-150. Catalogue of the exhibition held Victoria and Albert Museum, 20 March - 4 July 2010. ISBN 9781 85177 6085.
Rigney, Virginia. From Within. In : From Within: Jane Whiteley Works in Cloth. Fremantle : Art on the Move, 1999. pp. 4-6. Catalogue of the exhibition held The Moores Building, Fremantle WA, June 1999. ISBN 0958532648.

Production Note

Attribution note: Sides to the Middle, Fingers to the Bone is one in a series of quilts created from 1992.


Silk; Cotton gauze; Silk thread


Hand stitched; Dyed



Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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