Norma Slabbert is a quiltmaker and writer from Hamilton. She has been using the quilt form as her medium of expression for more than thirty years.
During a mid-career break, Slabbert backpacked through Europe to visit galleries and museums to study art and quilt making. The experience inspired a lifelong commitment to quilt making. Upon return, she got actively involved in the quilt world while working as a gallery curator. It gave her a platform to promote the quilt as an art form by curating quilt exhibitions in a gallery context which was ground-breaking at the time.
As a migrant and journalist, Slabbert’s quilts often consider the concept of home, coming and going, place and displacement, and the space between. Her work also reflects on the mundane, the realities of daily life, emotional truths, social, and world worries.
Since retirement, Slabbert spends her days on all things quilt making: doing the stitches, reading, researching, writing, judging quilt competitions, and exhibiting. She has published books on quilt making, and wrote for New Zealand Quiltmaker until it ceased publication.
Norma Slabbert is an award winning quiltmaker that shows her work locally and internationally. House, Home, Place is her fifth solo exhibition.