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Monday, July 29, 2019


(“Mantis Moon at Hibberdene” – quilt by Roy Starke)

Roy Starke, a celebrated South African fibre artist died unexpectedly last year. An art quilt exhibition of his works will be on show in Hillcrest on August 10, 2019.

A prolific award-winning artist, he created exuberant fabric constructions which were painted, stitched, embroidered and embellished. Many of these have appeared in publications and exhibitions around the world

(Right: Roy Starke)

A member of Fibreworks, an active group of 50 South African fibre and textile artists, Starke bequeathed much of his work to the group.

The Fibreworks group is organising exhibitions of Roy Starke’s work, both nationally and internationally.  Their aim is to give a wide range of people the opportunity to view and possibly purchase work from this remarkable and celebrated South African artist.

Fibreworks has donated one of Starke’s quilts to KZN Quilters Guild. Entitled Mantis Moon at Hibberdene, it will be auctioned and the money raised will go towards the 2023 National Quilt Festival to be held in KZN.

The KZN Quilters Guild are holding an Open Day on August 10, 2019 from 09h00 to 12h00 at Hillcrest Primary School, where about 40 of Starke’s colourful textile creations will be on exhibition. 

The guest speaker, Christo Rabie, will give a talk and presentation on Starke’s work at 12h30. Entry fee R50.

Hillcrest Primary School is situated in Emoyeni Road, Hillcrest.

Roy Starke’s work can be viewed at and his biography and more information is available on his website:

For more details on KZN Quilters Guild visit or contact KZNQG Committee member Simona Damerell on 082 974 5269

For more details on Fibreworks visit