Brother International (Australia)


The Australian Winner of the 14th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest has been announced

Brother Australia has recently announced Dale Robson as the Australian Winner of the 14th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest with her entry “Black Tide”. Dale has been awarded a brand new Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000 valued at $4,499.

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Sydney, Australia - 06 January 2015 – Brother International Australia, a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, is proud to announce the Australian winner of their 14th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest.

'The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother HQ in Japan for the Asia Pacific region designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt; the theme is inspired by Brother Earth which is Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future.

"Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia said “We were overwhelmed by the quality of artworks that were submitted this year, this is the second year we have participated and we are very excited by the response and support from the Australian Quilting community. As a leading sewing machine manufacturer, Brother is very proud to make this event possible”.

The winner of the Australian component of the contest was Dale Robson of West Wollongong, NSW, with her magnificent and colourful artwork inspired by the black oil spiling across the Great Barrier Reef. The quilt represents the contrast between beauty and destruction, and is called “Black Tide”.

"Dale said, “There are a number of ecological threats to the wide variety of life supported by the Great Barrier Reef; this quilt represents just one. Over the last 3 decades there have been 283 oil spills in its waters, damaging the delicate ecosystem of the reef. Let’s protect our precious reef against the “black tide” so we can enjoy its beauty well into the future. “Black Tide" is a whole cloth quilt constructed on hand painted cotton sateen with a collage of fabrics, textiles and yarns. The oil spill is represented by black vinyl and metallic thread”.

This is the second time that Dale has taken part in the Brother International Quilting Contest; last year Dale was the overall Asia Pacific winner of the contest with her artwork “Cradle of Life”. Dale was very excited to receive this important award and specially thanked her family, friends and her two lovely cats who provided great inspiration.

The top 10 Australian quilts have also been chosen to join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest. A panel of Fashion College and Magazine Experts will judge all Asia Pacific entries and award a collective prize pool in excess of USD3, 500. The quilts will be judged during December and January; an overall winner will be then announced late January on the Brother Australia Facebook page.
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About the Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000

The popular DreamWeaver VQ3000, a combination quilting and sewing machine within the V-Series line-up, is packed with Brother-exclusive and industry-first features. A new fifth-generation chassis offers an oversized 56 square inches of workspace, the largest ever from Brother.

Additional industry-first features on the DreamWeaver VQ3000 include:

  • Sew Straight Laser Vision Guide –a built-in laser that helps ensure straight sewing.
  • Muvit  Digital Dual Feed system –uses a digitally-controlled dual feed foot to help provide virtually perfect stitching when using difficult to sew fabrics like leather, faux fur and silk.
  • V-Sonic Pen for sewing – allows users to use a sensor pen to control sewing functions right on the bed of the machine, instead of on-screen.
  • Optional Multi-function Foot Controller –replaces traditional one-pedal controls and allows the user to control up to three sewing functions, hands-free.
  • A bright, technologically advanced seven-inch LCD touch screen display, which displays more than 260,000 colours and allows operators to select features quickly and easily.
  • Sewing speeds of up to 1,050 stitches per minute, which makes V-Series the fastest line ever from Brother.

For more information about the Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000 click here

 About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd:
With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle.

Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices located in Brisbane and Melbourne.

About Brother Earth:
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